It's a girl - bury needles to her body..

It must just be a boy or a boy. A female born was not appreciated, instilling the parochial mindsets that deem the girl unwanted, a tradition of gender bias in the family. Even some killed. In many rural areas, boys were - and still are - valued more highly than girls; it's a practice well rooted among the educated and affluent as well. One reason is that they can carry on the family name. Is it worth it? Will it help the family reputation to place a burden on females?

A Chinese woman has been in a needle ordeal. Doctors in China have discovered 26 sewing needles embedded in the body of a 31-year-old woman. They think they were inserted into Luo Cuifen's body when she was a baby by grandparents upset she was not a boy. Some of these needles have penetrated vital organs, such as the lungs, liver and kidneys. One has even broken into three pieces in the woman's brain. The needles were discovered only when Ms Luo went to hospital complaining of blood in her urine. She was given a routine X-ray, which revealed the needles. Up until then she had been in good health. Doctors believe the needles were inserted into the woman when she was just a few days old by her grandparents, who they believe were disappointed that she was not a boy. But there is no way to confirm this theory, as the grandparents are now dead.

A boy or a girl, it is the same life given by God. Such poor innocent babies burdened by society’s pressure on them being females. In this male-preponderant society, a large male-female imbalance is undesirable. In the long run, acute shortage in females over males affects a society, as severe shortage of either sex leads to considerable social disruption and personal unhappiness. And back to the needle, at least they did not kill the girl, but inserting needles in her reaching her vital organs is still as unreasonable.

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