A helpless Indian woman from Katalwi, Punjab received a brutal beating from her two male in-laws, allegedly, for giving birth to a girl.
According to Daily Mail, the attack on 35-year-old Meena Kashyap was also due to a dowry dispute.
In video footage of the incident, Kashyap is shown screaming in pain as the men, believed to be her brother-in-law and a friend of his, bludgeon her with hockey sticks.
It was revealed that her husband’s family had discovered how she had reported on them treating her with violence since giving birth to a girl.
Her in-laws have reportedly been harassing her while demanding a dowry of around $11,000 ever since.
Multiples charges, including trespassing and “voluntarily causing hurt” were filed by local authorities against her husband Daljit Singh, his brother Kamaljeet, and a friend identified only as Gaurav.
“We had complained about the issue last year itself but nothing was being done regarding that,” the victim’s father said. “They have been married for the past two years now and have a girl child. Their family asked for 700,000 rupees for dowry.”
In India’s dowry system, payments are traditionally given by a bride’s family to her new husband’s relatives upon marriage to help the newlyweds set up their home.
However, dowries have been used to extract more property from the bride’s family, often leading to the bride being harassed repeatedly throughout the marriage. According to the country’s national crimes statistics bureau, around 8,000 women die of dowry-related crimes each year in India.
Despite being deemed illegal in 1961, the practice has continuously been prevalent in the country.
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