1 Feb 2012

Woman killed for having too many daughters

5:32 am on 1 February 2012

A woman in north-eastern Afghanistan is under arrest for strangling her daughter-in-law for giving birth to a third daughter.

The dead woman's husband, a member of a militia, is also suspected of involvement but he has since fled.

The killing took place two days ago in Kunduz province. The baby girl, who is now two months old, was not hurt.

The BBC reports the birth of a boy is usually a cause for celebration in Afghanistan, but girls are generally seen as a burden.