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Tuesday 18 October 2011

Dalit youth killed for loving upper caste girl

Dalit youth killed for loving upper caste girl

TNN | Oct 13, 2011, 11.13PM IST
KANPUR: In a case of 'honour' killing, a dalit youth was allegedly kidnapped and murdered by the family members of his beloved belonging to an upper caste in Ghatampur.
The body of Vijay Kumar (20), son of Ram Dayal Sankhwar, a resident of Katheta in Ghatampur, missing since Wednesday afternoon, was found hanging from a 'neem' tree under highly mysterious circumstances on the outskirts of the locality the same evening.
After noticing injury marks on Vijay's body, his family members suspected foul play and informed the police. The police initially tried to hush up the issue.
However, the kin met senior officials, including SP (rural) AK Pandey, after the local police allegedly appeared to be supporting the upper caste girl's family.
Later, a case was registered under Sections 302, 506 of Indian Penal Code and 3 (2) 5 SC/ST
Act against the girl's father and four others.The body was sent for post mortem examination.
Ramesh and four others residents of the same village were named as accused. They managed to flee after the police teams raided there houses.
According to the police, the boy was in love with a physically challenged girl, a teacher in a private school situated in the village. Ramesh and his family members caught Vijay Kumar on Wednesday afternoon, when he had gone out of his house to meet the girl. They killed him and hanged his body from a 'neem' tree to give it a colour of suicide.
The assailants had brutally assaulted Vijay before strangulating him.
"Ramesh had developed enmity with us as my son was in love with his daughter. That man's pride was hurt and he decided to eliminate Vijay," said Ram Dayal Sankhwar.
Police investigation revealed that Ramesh often used to threaten Vijay with dire consequences.
"Many villagers told us that the pride of the girl's family members was hurt when they came to know about her relationship with a dalit youth. The accused had threatened Vijay and his family members on Wednesday morning prior to the recovery of body," a police official said.
Indian Express

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