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Mitu Khurana’s children under new threat

May 12, 2011

Mitu Khurana’s children under new threat

by Rumbold
5th May, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Dr Mitu Khurana is an Indian doctor and activist whose case we have covered a number of times on Pickled Politics. She is now facing a fresh and imminent threat to her daughters. Her case to date is best summarised by the below two paragraphs:

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Dr. Mitu has been battling her husband and in-laws for years. Her troubles began when she refused to have an ultrasound (which is illegal in India due to the fear of female foeticide if the mother is found to be pregnant with girls); this upset her in-laws, who poisoned her and took her to a hospital in order to have the ultrasound done. When it was found she was pregnant with twin girls, she was pressured to have an abortion. She refused, and when they were born, she was expected to give them up for adoption. She did not want to, so her in-laws started conspiring against her, with her mother in-law pushing her then four month old daughter down the stars on one occasion.

Dr. Mitu eventually left the house with her daughters for good, and filed a complaint under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act, the first individual to do so. Since then her in-laws have taken her to court in order to gain partial custody of her children, an action she believes is merely a ploy in order to get her to drop the complaint against them and the hospital. Numerous officials she has encountered have been unsympathetic or downright hostile. A high court judge even told her to reconcile with her husband and in-laws after they had tried to kill one of her daughters.

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Now a court has awarded her husband visitation rights, despite the fact that he showed no interest in them prior to being accused of bringing about an illegal ultrasound. Dr. Mitu fears this could endanger her children, and puts further pressure on her to drop the sex determination case, as this would be the only way to get her in laws dropping their custody case.

Her husband is due to visit them on the fifteenth, and Mitu and a number of other activists are trying to prevent them from happening by lobbying politicians. Anyone in India should write to the president or local MP, whilst in England we should contact the Indian High Commission in London:

High Commission of India
India House
Aldwych
London
WC2B 4NA

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2011 3:57 am

    Vienna,13-05-2011
    I support the rights of children are not to be disregarded by the courts without considering
    they were not desirable as evidenced by the banned sex tests. Now the courts should uphold
    the children´s rights of safety and security, by entrusting the same entirely on mother until
    they grow up to be majors.
    Kulamarva Balakrishna

  2. George Chakko permalink
    May 16, 2011 6:01 am

    Madame/ Sir,

    The Indian nation is headed by a woman. If woman can equal man to head a country and its Armed Forces at its highest administrative post, it proves, woman is not a burden on society, but can carry society’s burden. The assassinated Mrs. Gandhi, her aunt Vijayalakshmi and the present President are convincing proofs hereto.

    The foeticide in India is principally based on a glaring thought error arising from male-chauvinistic, macho thinking and practice, that only men are capable to guide and rule the world, plus the false, unconstitutional practice of dowry. Why is the male-dominated India unwilling to repudiate both ?. Is this not demeaning and insult to Indian cultural heritage as a whole ?. Dr. Mitu lays bare Indian male’s shamelessness.

    The problems faced by Mitu are purely male-created, exacerbated by equally culpable female relatives who submissively embraced machoism. This evil should be fought.

    Hope the current lady President of India will take lead and get justice done for Mitu.

    I fully support Dr. Mitu’s cause.

    George Chakko – UN-correspondent in Vienna (now on long sick leave)

  3. savedaughters19 permalink
    May 16, 2011 6:06 pm

    Respected Sir,
    Thanks , but I have written a number of times to the President, Prime minister, Health Minister, Women and Child Minister etc…. but with no response. That is the reason we need maximum public to write to them.
    None of the above mentioned people have bothered even 1 bit. many of the correspondences are uploaded on the blog savedaughters19.wordpress.com.
    I am really thankful to my friends here, who are doing all their very best to gather support for me. Thansk Barbara, Ian , Evan and many others around the world for standing by me.

  4. June 15, 2011 11:20 am

    Hi madam,

    I came to know all about you …after you had appreciated my song “Save A Girl Now” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgS4vyHmlWc) ….

    Needless to say, I was pretty shocked & saddened on reading about your plight …

    But surely you must’ve heard of the saying “Fortune favors the brave” …YOU ARE BRAVE…without a doubt…The youth all over the world are with you…You will just get stronger with every ordeal …

    A lot of us are proud of you …for standing up against this nonsense….and setting an example for thousands of other women in similar situations …May God bless you & be with you always !!!

    I will do my best in spreading the message about this cause …

    – Ashwin….

  5. June 19, 2011 12:18 pm

    mitu ji its been a long and exhaustive battle ur fighting and i am always support u

  6. June 28, 2011 4:28 am

    Something for you here: http://fiducia-rivera.blogspot.com/2011/06/give-not-sacrifice-new-life-you-can.html
    Dedicated to your blog!

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