The 27-year-old victim - named as S Girija by police in Nellore, eastern India - collapsed in agony when her husband's mother and her sister-in-law poured a powerful acid on her baby bump.
Investigators believe that the women were attempting to kill both Girija and her unborn child after an astrologer said she was expecting a girl.
Girija already has an 18-month-old daughter and police believe she was attacked to stop her husband fathering a second girl.
The attack came just days of the victim's mother-in-law had consulted a fortune teller over the baby's gender, according to local reports.
Medics say she has severe burns over 30 percent of her body.
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