Another man has been accused of killing his pregnant wife after she refused to get an abortion, this time in India.
Telangana Today reports police said Janjirala Srinivas, of Mallapallyvarigudem, India, allegedly slit his pregnant wife Mallepally Hasia’s throat Monday while she was hiding at her mother’s house.
According to police, Srinivas wanted his wife to abort their unborn baby, but she refused. Police said Hasia ran to her mother’s home to hide from Srinivas, but he allegedly found her there and killed her with a knife. He also allegedly killed their unborn child in the act of violence.
Police said they are hunting for Srinivas.
Here’s more from the report:
Hasia and Srinivas both from Mallapallyvarigudem village were in love, but Srinivas later rejected to marry her. With this, Hasia had staged a dharna [protest] in front of Srinivas’s house six months ago. Following this, Srinivas married Hasia due to pressure from the elders. After Hasia got pregnant, Srinivas started harassing her to get an abortion and even threaten to kill her, if she didn’t accept.
Violence against pregnant women and their unborn babies is common – even without counting abortion. Pregnant women face high levels of domestic violence. In the United States, one in six women is first abused during pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
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As allegedly happened in the recent India case, sometimes the abuse occurs after the woman refuses her partner’s demands to have an abortion. In another case in Pennsylvania, a man allegedly beat and choked his pregnant girlfriend after she refused to have an abortion in October 2015. LifeNews reported another case where police arrested a Tennessee man after his pregnant girlfriend accused him of kicking and hitting her when she told him that she would not abort their baby.
Several studies also have linked domestic violence to abortion. In these cases, some women were forced or pressured by partners into having abortions, while others believed having an abortion would help them escape abuse.