The curse of honour killing in the name of caste claimed another life on Friday when a Dalit man was hacked to death in broad daylight in front of his seven-month pregnant wife and his mother, at Miryalaguda in Nalgonda district on Friday.
The victim, P. Pranay Kumar, 24, had married Amrutha Varshini about six months ago. His wife’s family was opposed to the marriage because Kumar belonged to a different caste.
Following horrible death Hyderabad police has booked Varshini’s father T Maruthi Rao and uncle T Sravan for the murder. Both accused men are absconding.
Police said Kumar had accompanied his pregnant wife for a check-up at Jyothi hospital in Miryalaguda. When they were leaving the hospital an unidentified person came from behind and hit Kumar on the head with an axe.
As Kumar fell to the ground the attacker struck again, this time to the neck. Varshini and Kumar’s mother immediately ran to the hospital screaming for help.
Seeing her husband murdered and pooled in blood bath in front of herAmrutha Varshini collapsed on the ground and is now undergoing treatment at the ICU.
According to the family, Kumar and Varshini were in love since they were in Class 10. The police suspect that Kumar was attacked by a hired killer for Rs 10 lakh and that the murder was being planned for three months.
The situation was tense in Miryalaguda following the murder with the dead man’s family wanting immediate arrest of the culprits. Varshini’s father Maruthi Rao is a real estate businessman.
During marriage, the boy’s parents had told the police that Kumar faced a threat to his life from Varshini’s family. The police had intervened then but their warnings have not been taken seriously .
Had police paid enough attention this honour killings could have been avoided Pranay parents told with tears rolling in their face