Veronica Roberts

Jinan, China---A grandmother reportedly did the unthinkable when she chopped off her 8-month-old granddaughter's hands.

According to The Mirror, this bizarre and gruesome act occurred two days ago in the Chinese Shandong province of Jinan, when the grandmother was caring for the baby as her parents went to work.

Read it here: (Grandmother chops off eight-month-old granddaughter's hands).

No one knows why the grandma cut off both of the baby's hands because she is also in critical condition after trying to chop herself to death as well. A neighbor said no one knew what had happened until the baby's mother returned from work and ran out screaming with her bloody child in her arms.

Doctors have reattached the hands after an arduous 12-hour surgery but do not know if it was a success. It will take some time to know if the nerve damage repairs and the baby would still need more extensive operations in the future.

As the little girl recovers and as horrific as this act was, it is not an anomaly in that part of the world. In China, India, the Middle East and even Africa, girls are often second class citizens, as boys are the preferred sex.

Some pregnant mothers resort to dangerous primitive abortions as part of their culture's gender selection and in India, what I call "gendercide," it is rampant. It is such an acute problem in some parts of Hindu India, that ultrasounds are banned so that mothers cannot learn the sex of their baby before it is born.

To read more on this disturbing trend in India, click: Gendercide in India.

Even after birth mothers in China and India try to get rid of their baby girls. In India one mother reportedly threw her baby out the window of a hospital, while reports of other similar horror stories make the evening news. Hospitals are reportedly filled with baby girls who are being starved to death.

China's over-population is blamed for the gendercide and India's religious customs for theirs but I think it is deeper than that. Hindu's require a dowry when girls get married and it is reportedly cheaper for families with boys for they do not have to pay the dowry. But reports say even wealthy Punjab families prefer girls, which means the gender selection runs deeper than financial.