In many Western countries, pregnant women are afforded the opportunity to know, relatively early on, if they are having a boy or a girl. For most expectant parents, however, all they truly wish for is a healthy baby. Sure, dad would love to play catch with his son and mom’s heart was set on having a daughter to dote on, but really, in the big scheme of things, the health of the baby far outweighs the gender.

In some cultures, though, that’s not always the case. In fact, in parts of the world, having a boy or girl is a big deal. The former, taken as far more “special” and “important” than the latter. The reactions some men have when they find out that their wife has just delivered a girl is nothing short of despicable.

In fact, in some cases, like that of 32-year-old Siraj Biwi, their behavior is criminal. Siraj allegedly threw acid all over his 25-year-old wife, Farah Biwi while she was sleeping.

Why? Because of Farah’s “failure” to produce a son and “fulfill her dowry.”

Farah and Siraj hail from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India and the young mother is recovering a local hospital after the attack. Farah is left with burns on her face, hands, and stomach.


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