WOMAN BRUTALLY BEATEN WITH HOCKEY STICKS BY IN-LAWS FOR GIVING BIRTH TO A GIRL by Jon Rogers

The disturbing incident was caught on video and shows the defenceless woman screaming as she is smashed with hockey sticks by her own brother-in-law and one of his friends. The Indian woman has been identified as 35-year-old Meena Kashyap, who was attacked on July 14 by the men. She had previously made a complaint about violence in April, local media reported. The victim, from Patiala, Punjab in India, gave birth to a girl whom her husband's family refused to accept and a number of beatings followed. The pair were also involved in a dispute over 700,000 rupees (£8,300) that was given by the bride's parents to her new husband's family at their wedding. Dowries are technically illegal, as thousands of women are killed and abused by in-laws over the payments each year. However, the custom is still widely practiced. Husband Dalit Singh, his brother Kamaljeet and friend known as Gaurav are expected to be charged for a variety of crimes including trespassing and “voluntarily causing hurt”. The victim's father said: “We had complained about the issue last year itself but nothing was being done regarding that.
“They have been married for the past two years now and have a girl child. Their family asked for 700,000 rupees for dowry.” The investigation is ongoing.(express.co.uk)
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