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Did pressure to deliver boy kill mother of 2 girls?

A 24-year-old housewife from Ulhasnagar was found dead on the railway tracks near Badlapur recently. The victim’s family alleges there were frequent quarrels between the deceased and her in-laws as she was unable to deliver a male child. According to the Badlapur police, they found the body of Sangita Shinde (24) on April 20, from the railway tracks near Badlapur station. Since it was unidentified at the time of recovery, it was kept in Central hospital in Ulhasnagar.

However, yesterday, the police called Sangita’s father at the hospital for identifying the body, since he had earlier registered a missing complaint in Hill Line police station at Ulhasnagar. He confirmed that the body was his daughter’s. Sangita married Ramesh Shinde in 2004, and began staying with her in-laws at Vangani in Thane district. Over the years, she delivered two baby girls, who are now three and one-and-a-half years old.

“Sangita’s in-laws were disappointed that she could not give the family a baby boy and began torturing her. Moreover, after the two daughters were born, they had forcibly made her undergo a family planning operation, and she was unable to conceive again. So they began planning a second marriage for Ramesh,” said Sangita’s brother Ganesh Jadhav. Following this, there were frequent quarrels in the house, and Ramesh shifted with Sangita to Ulhasnagar.

According to Ganesh, he complained to the Badlapur police against Ramesh, Kishan (father-in-law), Sunny and Prakash (brothers-in-laws). “We have registered an accidental death report. The matter is under investigation. We will change the sections after registering the statements of the victim’s family,” said a police officer from Badlapur police station. 

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