Woman killed for giving birth to a girl

2012-01-30 12:47

Kunduz - An Afghan woman was choked to death by her husband and mother-in-law for delivering a baby girl for the third time in northern Afghanistan, a police spokesperson said on Monday.

"Storay, a 30-year-old mother of three, was choked to death by her husband and her mother-in-law in a remote village in Khanabad district of Kunduz province," Sayed Sarwar Hussaini told dpa.

"She was told by her husband that if she delivered another baby girl, he would kill her," Hussaini said.

The woman gave birth to the third girl three months ago.

"We have arrested Storay's mother-in-law and we are looking for her husband, too, who is on the run," Hussaini said.

Last month, a teenage girl was rescued by police in the neighbouring province of Baghlan after her in-laws tortured and kept her in a toilet for six months because she refused to prostitute herself.

Rights activists have constantly raised concerns over the treatment of women in Afghan society.

A United Nations report in 2010 said nearly one-third of all Afghan women are exposed to some level of physical and psychological violence and an estimated 25% suffer sexual abuse.

  • Elzané - 2012-01-30 13:30

    Men determine the sex of a baby depending on whether they’re carrying an X or Y chromosome. An X chromosome combines with the mother's X chromosome to make a baby girl (XX) and a Y chromosome will combine with the mother's to make a boy (XY) – this should be common sense…

      Nico - 2012-01-30 13:48

      Well, men carry the X and the Y chromosome, not X or Y, and the gender is pretty much determined randomly. But I guess that is what you meant.

  • Chrono - 2012-01-30 13:54

    Timing plays a big role. When fertilisation occurs close to ovulation chances are it will be a boy because male sperm swim faster but die quickly.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-30 14:01

    Don't they know that bilogically a father has to play a pivotal role to determine the gender of a child? Religiously, children are from God I mean Allah from that social milieu. This case is the most primitive I have ever had of.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-30 16:47

      The arabian moongod Allah?

  • EyesEars - 2012-01-30 14:28

    Who's now looking after the other girls while daddy's on the run and mommy-in-law in jail? MEN DETERMINE THE SEX! End of story. No hot or cold or timing nonsense.

  • Cracker - 2012-01-30 15:07

    Sometimes, if not often, it is better not to have been born. Those killed in circumstances similar to the one described in the article are perhaps now better off after all.

  • Jaba - 2012-01-30 15:17


  • Shaun - 2012-01-30 17:42

    WTF, Do you still get dumb people? But then again his mother is even more dumber than him! - Cheers

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-01-30 20:09

    More madness from the muslims.

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