23-year-old hacked to death in front of pregnant wife, months after inter-caste marriage

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]rotests followed in Telangana’s Nalgonda district after a man was brutally murdered in a suspected case of honour killing on Saturday. A shutdown in Miryalguda town was called in demand of justice for a 23-year-old man who was hacked to death in front of his pregnant wife, outside a local hospital.

The incident captured on CCTV footage shows Pranay Kumar leaving the hospital, along with his wife, 21-year-old Amrutha Varshini, when a man suddenly attacked him from behind with a machete, killing him.

Five-month pregnant Amrutha who fainted due to shock was rushed to hospital. On gaining consciousness she told police officials that she suspected her father and uncle behind the murder as they had opposed her marriage since her husband was from a different caste and wanted her to have an abortion.

“I have no intention of aborting my baby. Pranay’s baby is my future,” she said, breaking down. “Pranay was such a nice person. He looked after me so well, especially after I became pregnant. I don’t know why caste is so important in this time and age,” she added, reports NDTV.

The girl’s father Maruti Rao, a businessman, and her uncle Shravan — named as the main accused in the case — have been arrested.

The young couple had married just eight months ago after they had fallen in love during school and been in a relationship since their college days. But both their families opposed the marriage when they found out their different caste backgrounds. Pranay belonged to the Madiga Scheduled Caste whereas Amrutha was from the Vysya caste.

But while Pranay’s parents finally gave in to the wedding, Amrutha’s did not. This murder has shocked the community and sparked protests by organisations working for the welfare of Scheduled Castes.

A similar murder case happened in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruppur in March, 2016 when 22-year-old Sankar was hacked to death in front of his wife Kaushalya, owing to caste differences. The girl’s father and several other relatives were convicted in the case.