An Indian father of five girls identified as Pannalal has sliced open his pregnant wife’s stomach to check the gender of the baby.
The 43-year-old man attacked his wife Anita Devi on Saturday night at their home in UP’s Budaun district to confirm she was having a boy.
Anita’s family told investigators that the husband attacked and cut open her stomach to “know the gender” of the child.
Though the baby in the womb was unhurt, Anita’s condition deteriorated due to severe damage to her insides and excessive bleeding.
According to Times of India.com, the woman has been admitted to Safdarjung hospital with the help of the police.
The husband said he did not attack his wife intentionally. He told local media he threw the sickle at her but had no idea it would injure her so severely.
“I have five daughters, one of my sons is dead. I know that children are the gift of God. Now whatever is to happen, will happen.”
Police officials said the husband has been arrested and the investigation is ongoing.