Savitri Devi gets beaten up by her husband very frequently for not having a son, reports Community Correspondent Mahesh Kumar from Ambai Bujuru of Kaushambhi district in Uttar Pradesh.
Kaushambhi district celebrates a festival known as Sakat or Ganesh Chowk every year. In this festival, everyone can participate except the women who did not give birth to a boy. Women like Savitri Devi who gave birth to sons are often beaten up by their husbands and are also ill-treated by the family of their husbands. This highlights the longstanding culture India has of worshipping sons and deserting daughters – a shameful case of gender-based discrimination.
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