Sumanjeet says people kept telling her to get an ultrasound check and abort all four of her daughters. They told her she wouldn’t have enough money for a suitable dowry. Although Sumanjeet wasn’t quite sure how she was going to raise them, she knew it was a crime to get rid of them.

“Why are they killing girls, while they’re still in the womb? It’s a sin for which they’ll have to be answerable to God. Small, cute girls like a doll. They kill her in the womb? It’s a sin,” Sumanjeet weeps…

Even though the practice is outlawed, 300,000 to 600,000 female fetuses are aborted every year in India because of the preference for boys, according to a 2011 study by The Lancet. And the discrimination that begins while in the womb continues throughout a girl’s life.

Women’s rights activist and Supreme Court lawyer Kirti Singh says there is a marked difference between how many parents treat their daughters and their sons. She says girls aren’t given the same kind of food, they’re not educated in the same manner, and they’re only raised to become someone’s wife.