They dragged them both out and attacked them
An Indian couple were murdered, having been beaten to death in what was believed to have been another case of honour killing.
The violent incident took place on the afternoon of June 6, 2020, in the district of Dholpur, Rajasthan.
It was reported that the girl’s family attacked them with sticks and axes after finding out they were together. The young man was killed instantly while the young woman succumbed to her injuries while on her way to the hospital.
Police identified the victims as Bantu Nishad and Anita Nishad, both aged 20.
It is believed that they were attacked as they belonged to the same ‘gotra‘, therefore, a marriage between the two was not possible.
A ‘gotra’ is a social group that is strictly exogamous, meaning that the social norm is to marry outside of the group. According to customs, marriage within the same gotra is prohibited.
People within the ‘gotra’ are regarded as siblings therefore, marriage would be thought of as taboo as it is seen as incest.
The victims also belonged to the same extended family and their relation is aunt and nephew.
On the day of the attack, the Indian couple were together at a house when Anita’s relatives found out. They dragged them both out and attacked them with sticks and axes.
Superintendent of Police Mridul Kachawaha explained that the prohibited relationship was the reason for the violent assault.
SP Kachawaha said: “The incident took place on Saturday afternoon. We got the information about a couple being grievously injured and Rajakheda police reached the spot.
“The boy was dead and the girl was taken to the hospital, but she died on the way.
“Prima facie it appears to be a matter related to a love affair. However, we are investigating the case from all angles.
“The boy’s family has registered a case. They allege it is honour killing.”
While Bantu’s family registered a case, Anita’s family went on the run. The bodies were sent to a mortuary in Rajakheda where the post-mortem took place.
After Anita’s relatives were named as the accused, police said that they arrested one person on June 7.
SP Kachawaha said: “One person who is among the main accused has been arrested. He is the deceased girl’s uncle (chacha).
“Out of the twenty persons named in the FIR, we have identified four as the main accused. More arrests are likely soon.”