A woman died of a heart attack after her husband set himself on fire following the birth of their daughter.
Supriya Das gave birth to a baby girl, only to be chided by her mother-in-law and husband Pran Gobinda Das.
Apparently furious that his wife had not given birth to a baby boy, the couple broke into raging arguments.
Four days after the child’s birth Pran set himself on fire and took his own life.
The shock was so great that Supriya, 23, died of a heart attack a short while later, Gulf News reported.
A police officer told the publication: “After repeated quarrels with her wife, Pran Gobinda committed suicide by setting himself on fire on Sunday.
“Supriya also died subsequently following a heart attack as she could not bear the shock of her husband’s death at a medical college in Agartala with her mother-in-law continuously rebuking her for delivering a girl child.”
The horrifying series of events took place in Gautamnagar in Delhi, India.
According to neighbours of the couple Pran’s mother scolded her daughter-in-law for the sex of her grandchild.
She told Supriya that the “birth of a girl is ominous for a family”, the neighbours claimed.
According to the Asian Centre for Human Rights, based in Delhi, prejudice against female babies remains a big problem in South Asia.
In countries which have a dowry system, such as India, having daughters can feel like an “un-affordable economic burden” for some families.
Sex-selective abortions in India are the primary cause for the country’s skewed sex ration a birth.
In 2016 112 baby boys were born for every 100 girls.