Newly-Married Telangana Woman Found Dead, Honour Killing Suspected
The couple had approached the police to ask for protection on 22 December.
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In a shocking incident of caste-pride killing in Telangana, parents allegedly murdered their 22-year-old daughter for marrying a man from a different caste, the police said on Sunday. The incident took place at Kalamadugu village of Dandepalli mandal in Mancherial district in Telangana, about 250 km from Hyderabad.
Police said P Anuradha’s parents, with the help of some other relatives, killed her in their field, burnt the body and threw the remains in a stream.
The incident occurred on Saturday night but came to light on Sunday, after police took up the investigation based on a complaint by Anuradha's husband A Laxman.
Laxman and Anuradha, both residents of Kalamadugu village, got married in an Arya Samaj ceremony in Hyderabad on 3 December. Anuradha was training to be a teacher and Laxman was a BTech student. While Anuradha belonged to a Yadava community, Laxman belongs to Padmashali community.
After their marriage, the couple had sought protection from the Jannaram police on 22 December, since they had to visit the village to hear a case. Earlier in March, Anuradha’s father had filed a police complaint against Laxman for harassing his daughter.
The couple had visited the village to attend the hearing of the case at Luxettipet court when the woman’s parents assaulted the man and forcefully took her away on Saturday.
Police say the girl’s family waited for the policemen who had accompanied the couple to the court to leave before they grabbed her. Laxman then approached the police and had reportedly tried to seek the villagers help to intervene and counsel the girl’s family, reported The New Indian Express.
Police investigations revealed that the parents took her to a place near Mallapur village in Nirmal district and killed her. They allegedly burnt the body and dumped the ashes in a stream to remove the evidence.
Police have arrested Anuradha's father Sattenna and mother Laxmi, who were angry with their daughter for marrying a man from a different caste.
In September, Pranay Kumar, a Dalit youth, was hacked to death in full public view in Nalgonda town. The killer was hired by Pranay's father-in-law Maruti Rao as her daughter Amrutha had married the youth against the family's wish.
(This article was originally published on The News Minute)
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