Bangalore: Baby Afreen moves, hopes still dim

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Bangalore, Apr 10: Battered Baby Afreen who is fighting for her life in a city hospital started moving her limbs on Tuesday but is still critical, said her attendants.

The attendants said that this was a sign of improvement, but according to doctors, the appropriate time to comment on her situation will only be after six weeks.

Baby Afreen was brought to Vani Vilas government hospital on Saturday evening by her mother, Reshma Banu, who alleged that her father, Umar farooq tried to kill the three-month-old baby because he wanted a son. The baby bore bite marks over her body and cigarette burns on her forehead. Her neck was dislocated and she is also suffering from a brain haemorrhage.

The accused father has been arrested by the police.

According to Abdul Kareem, Reshma Banu's father, he will ask his daughter to move with him after Afreen was released from the hospital. He also alleged that Reshma's husband often beat her and when he filed a complaint with the police, he was advised to give him another chance by them.

The story on the kind of treatment meted out to Baby Afreen only throws light on the issue of gender bias still largely prevalent in our male-dominated society. With a woman being subjected to physical and mental torture, an untold story in every house-hold in the country, it is time that the government wakes up to the issue of gender discrimination in the country.

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