Surekha's parents charge her husband with strangulating her to death after sex determination test
The death of an expectant woman under mysterious conditions on Wednesday here caused ripples. Surekha, 28, a mother of two children, residing in Kanderi area here, died in the General Hospital while undergoing treatment for an unknown ailment. Her parents alleged that her husband, Prakasachari (35), strangulated her to death to get rid of her as she was giving birth only to female children.
The woman, who conceived six months ago for the fifth time, underwent ultrasound scanning at a private clinic at Banaganapalle a week ago. According to her parents, Viswaroopachari and Laxmidevi, the travails of Surekha began after the scanning report revealed that it was a female foetus. Her husband began subjecting her to severe mental and physical torture, they alleged. In the last four pregnancies, she delivered female children, who are now aged three and two. The remaining two pregnancies were terminated medically. As Surekha bore marks around the neck, her parents alleged that she was strangulated by Prakasachari. The police registered a case of murder against Prakasachari and took him into custody. Inspector Upendrababu, who is investigating the case, said suitable sections would be framed against the accused after the post-mortem report.
Meanwhile, the incident caused a public outcry with the representatives of people's organisations and women's activists condemning the incident. P. Nirmala, vice-president of AIDWA, who visited the place, called for strong action against the scanning centres which were spreading the trouble.
She said the accused had a history of subjecting his wife to medical termination of pregnancy twice in the past as he was desperate for a male child. Prakashachari married Surekha six years ago but there was disharmony in their marital life due to the birth of two female children in a row. Several agencies, including the Women and Child Welfare Department and the Children's Welfare Committee, came forward to support the children, Kavya and Sweety, who were unaware of what was happening. However, their grand-parents said they would keep them under their care.