Standing up for my daughters-fight against female foeticide.
I was in the 6th week of pregnancy when an ultrasound showed that I was carrying twins. My mother-in-law and husband started demanding and torturing me for a sex determination test to know the sex of my babies. I was even tortured to get it done.
When I resisted this demand they, got it done by deception. In 16th week, knowing my allergy to eggs they fed me cake containing eggs. I developed allergic manifestations. The next morning my husband and in-laws took me to a hospital, where I was admitted to the labor room. The gynecologist advised kidney, Ureter, bladder ultrasound, but the radiologist conducted a fetal ultrasound
After this incident my husband and in laws started demanding that I get an M.T.P. My mother-in-law asked me to at least get one child killed in-utero. I was kept without food and water. My husband even turned me out of the house at 10 o’clock one night and asked me to go to my father’s house.
My mother-in- law even told me that my two daughters would be a big burden on the family, so either I should go for abortion to give up one of them for adoption.
On 17 May 2005, after a bout of abuse, I developed threatened abortion. They shut me up in the room. I managed to call my father in the morning. After much persuasion by my father, my husband agreed to bring me to my parent’s home.
Even in my parents’ house my husband would demand that a D.N.A test to establish the paternity of the twins because some priest had told his mother that he would have just one son.
Due all the tension, I delivered two-pre term daughters on 11th August, 2005
Even after birth of children, there was a lot of verbal abuse and I had no help in looking after children. My mother-in-law deliberately pushed down my 4-month-old daughter from the staircase and pretended it was an accident. The children’s paternal grandparents & aunts rejected them totally. My husband turned me out of house, because he wanted to remarry to have sons. I have filed a case under the act which bans sex determination test during pregnancy in India. In doing this I became the first mother to file a complaint under the act. Despite a lot of harassment, I am happy I saved my two daughters.