I recently read a story about a father in Pakistan drowning his own daughter, basically because she was born a girl. He wanted a boy. She wasn't even two years old.
His wife, fearing for her life, hesitated to say anything to the police. When she finally had enough courage to do so, the police questioned how she could allow this to happen, knowing very well what the culture is like.
This stems further than just idiocy. In my opinion, it stems to the lack of education (both for the males and females). Education leads to political, family and human rights.
Well, see for yourselves: Empowering Change: Gender and Education in Pakistan; Women's Rights and Democracy in the Arab World
Here is the link to the article about the father who drowned his daughter: I Drowned My Own Daughter in a Rage