Police said the woman served poison-laced food to all her five daughters on Saturday before consuming it herself
Patna: A woman poisoned to death her three daughters aged between three and eight before ending her own life in Bihar over frustration at repeated abuse by her in-laws for having given birth to girls. The woman had five daughters and no son.
The incident took place in Gaya, some 100km south of capital of Bihar, Patna, over the weekend, while the woman husband’s was away.
Police said the woman served poison-laced food to her five daughters on Saturday, before consuming it herself. Soon after, their condition deteriorated, and they were immediately rushed to a local government hospital by their family members. All six of them died during the course of treatment.
While the woman and two of the children died the same evening, another girl died on Sunday. Police said two of her daughters survived as they didn’t eat the poison-laced food.
“We have registered a case and are conducting raids to arrest the woman’s in-laws who forced her to commit suicide along with [killing] her little daughters,” local police official Vikrama Singh said.
In similar cases recently, a man from Jamui district of Bihar had slit open the throat of his wife with a sharp-edged knife after she gave birth to a fourth daughter, while in another case, a 30-year-old woman was beaten to death by her in-laws in Gaya district for allegedly giving birth to a fifth daughter.
Another such incident was reported from Bhagalpur district, where a man killed his 16-month-old daughter by allegedly injecting poison into her body, prompting his wife to register a case against her husband.
Gender discrimination is an enormous problem in Bihar, and according to a report, the gender gap in at least nine districts out of the state’s total 38 is less than 900 girls to 1,000 boys against the state’s average at 916 per 1000. The districts reporting a huge number of such stories are Patna, Sheohar, Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur, vaishali, Begusarai, Khagaria, Bhagalpur and Munger.