On Wednesday afternoon, Madhavi and Sandeep were attacked by her father with a sickle. While Sandeep is out of danger, Madhavi’s condition is still critical as the attack resulted in her right hand almost hacked off, her ear chopped off, and a vein in her neck cut.
Madhavi’s father, Manohar Chari, rang up Sandeep and feigned that he missed his daughter very much and would like to meet them. Under that pretext, the couple went to meet him on SR Nagar Road following which they were hacked from behind. This hatred for the couple stems from the fact that Sandeep is from the SC community, while Madhavi comes from the OBC community. The two got married at an Arya Samaj temple on September 12 despite oppositions from the girl’s family.
The couple met five years ago during the class ten exam and had been together since then. Sandeep has been working at a biryani centre.
This attack comes on the heels of the heinous attack of a Dalit boy, Pranay, in Hyderabad less than a week ago. Pranay Perumalla, was hacked to death last Friday right after he and his wife, Amrutha Varshini, came out of a hospital after a regular check-up for her pregnancy in Miryalaguda.
Reportedly, the father of the girl, Maruthi Rao, a real estate developer and businessman, has said that his status in the society outweighs his concerns for his daughter. “I am more concerned about my status in the society than my daughter. I am not worried about killing Pranay. I was prepared to go to jail and planned the murder,” he had reportedly said.
Pranay and Amrutha met each other when they were in class 9 at Kakathiaya Concept School. Their friendship developed to love in college. Pranay belonged to a Dalit family, which is of the Mala caste, while Amrutha is of the Vaishya caste (a caste group categorised as Forward). Needless to say, both their families opposed their relationship, but while Pranay’s parents came around to it, Amrutha’s family continued to be vehemently against them. The two got married six months ago.
Pranay’s funeral was reportedly attended by thousands who shouted ‘Pranay amar rahe‘ and ‘Jai Bhim‘, slogans that were ringing with Dalit sentiments.
Pranay’s family have vowed to take care of Amrutha as their own daughter now.
The case of Pranay’s murder is eerily similar to the one endured by Kausalya Sankar. Two years ago, V Shankar was murdered for marrying Kausalya, a 19-year-old girl who hails from the backward caste of Agamudaiyar. He was hacked to death in broad daylight in Udumalpet town, Tiruppur district, Tamil Nadu. She relentlessly fought for justice on her husband’s behalf, bringing her entire family before the law for their involvement in his killing.
Honour killing is defined as the killing of a relative, especially a girl or a woman, who is perceived to have brought dishonour on the family. It violates article 14,15,19,21, 391 (f) of the constitution. In 2016 alone, there has been a spike of 792% in honour killing.
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