Article: “A reality: child abuse by burning”


DR. K. Mathangi Ramakrishnan, A reality: Child abuse by burning, The Hindu, April 25, 2010.

Is it a reality in India? Is the girl child a welcome guest in every household? It is not in several families. Take the story of baby Pushpa (not the original name) who was born to a young couple six years ago.

A close relative of the father paid substantial sums of money to the midwife, who usually gives baby bath to do away with the child if it was a girl. Delivery took place at midnight and the newborn girl baby was immersed up to the waist in boiling hot water during baby bath.