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I Like Giving Life

May 1, 2014

I Like Giving Life

A mother in India gives life to her twin daughters despite immense adversity

When Mitu Khurana found out she was carrying twins, she could have easily joined millions of other Indian women and gone for an illegal sex determination test to ensure they were sons. Daughters are a disaster for families in India, because when they grow up, they join their husbands family upon marriage and take with them years worth of income in the form of marriage dowry.

But Mitu was a pediatrician, and one of two daughters of her father, who had no sons. So maybe Mitu grew up with a different idea of the value of girls. Whatever the reason, when Mitu’s husband and parents-in-law insisted she get an illegal ultrasound to ensure she was carrying boys, Mitu refused.

Mitu was locked in a room for three days with no food. When she still did not relent, her husband and in-laws, who knew she was allergic to eggs, devised a plan. They gave her a cake, made with egg, and when Mitu became ill, took her to a nearby hospital. They convinced the doctor to perform an ultrasound under the guise of ensuring her kidneys were not damaged by the episode. The doctor delivered the news they were most afraid to hear: the twins were girls.

A violent campaign ensued to convince Mitu to abort the girls and try again for a son. Mitu held her ground. After an argument, her husband, in a rage, pushed Mitu down a flight of stairs. Mitu was then locked in a room, hurt and bleeding, in hopes she would miscarry.

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  1. June 27, 2014 3:30 pm

    Dr. Mitu Khurana- I believe you are one of the most intelligent, bravest, beautiful, courageous, inspiring, and extraordinary individuals on this planet of ours. I recently watched the “It’s A Girl” documentary and was really upset by what is still occurring in our world. I would love to spread the word and help out as much as I can and wish you all the luck in the universe in succeeding. I believe you are a lifesaver and wonderful mother.

    • June 27, 2014 4:23 pm

      I will forward your lovely comment on to Dr. Mitu Khurana. We appreciate your support!

  2. Shaquay permalink
    July 10, 2014 10:52 pm

    Where can I find information to advocate gendercide and feticide. I would love to join the movement in helping women get their justice across the world who are suffering . Another thing I would like to add is that I believe this has nothing to do with illegal gender selection but all to do with science . We as Women only have one option because we have two X chromosomes . Men are the ultimate determinants of gender so why is this information not being spread throughout ? It could have a huge impact !!

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