Most people in China prefer to have sons instead of daughters to continue the family name, but not one young woman in Yancheng, Jiangsu province. In fact, she wanted to have a girl so badly she took a pair of scissors and snipped off her five-month-old son’s penis. The court has handed her a five year prison sentence.
The 23-year-old convict, Xiao Meng, gave birth to her son Yaya last March. Her husband surnamed Zhan and mother-in-law recalled that after Yaya was born, Xiao Meng often talked to herself: “I wish it could be a girl.”
Zhan told the newspaper that his wife often slapped the baby and clutched him by the neck. However, he thought she was suffering postnatal depression and didn’t worry too much.
The court heard that on August 15, 2011 Zhan’s mother heard the baby crying. She rushed into the room and found Yaya’s penis had already been cut by Xiao Meng with a pair of scissors.
Yaya was sent to hospital immediately. His life was not in danger and he can pee normally after treatment in Shanghai. But doctors said it is almost impossible for him to regain productivity.