Honour killing is one of the most heinous crimes prevailing in the Indian society. While people think of it as restoring their family’s ‘honour’ in order to kill a member of their own family, the society goes beyond all extends to protect it. People tend to choose the inhuman act of killing their own family members because they practice their freedom to marry the ones they love, outside their caste or religion.
Unexpectedly, a similar horrific incident has taken place in Telangana’s Miyalguda town where a Dalit man was brutally murdered by the family of his wife in the name of honour killing.
23-year-old Pranay Kumar was ruthlessly killed on September 15 in broad daylight by his wife Amrutha Varshini’s father and other family members, because Pranay belonged to a lower caste. While Pranay belonged to Scheduled Caste, Amrutha was from upper Vysya community. Apparently, the couple eloped and got married six months ago despite strong opposition from the girl’s parents.
While they were happily living with each other, their lives came shattering down. When the victim Pranay Kumar was coming out of a private hospital with his wife, a tall man slashed his neck twice from behind and killed him in front of his wife Amrutha.
Being aware of the girl’s father’s attitude towards their marriage, the Nalgonda Superintendent of Police A. V. Ranganath said,
“I had warned the father of the girl, Maruthi Rao, but we didn’t expect this extreme step. It is a classic case of honour killing. His cordial behavior was a pretense. We feel sad that despite being aware of the problem we could not prevent it.”
Police have arrested the father of the girl, his brother Sharavan Kumar and three others in this alleged caste killing case, Maruthi Rao alleges that he paid Rs 10 lakh to the hired killer, and the police are still on the lookout for the killer.
Shockingly, according to reports, Amrutha, wife of the victim is five months pregnant with his child. Amrutha’s father told that police that, “honour” is more important for his family than his daughter.
This incident has gained huge momentous on the social media as the netizens are shaken with developments in the case. As they are outraged, they have posted some tweets to express their anger and dismay against the honour killing incident.
Have a read at some of the tweets here:
Saddened by the cruel honour killing of Miryalguda Dalit Bidda #Pranay. Recent developments have pointed towards involvement of TRS leaders. An urgent independent, impartial investigation needed to bring perpetrators to book. My condolences to his wife Amrutha. Pranay Amar Rahe!
— Uttam Kumar Reddy (@UttamTPCC) September 17, 2018
Indeed, there isn’t!
Stop calling it honour killing
It always is a well planned cold blooded murder
There is no honour in murder
— Advaith (@asyounot) September 17, 2018
What is happening!
But crushed to see this fatherless child!
All #IncredibleIndia slogans appear a hash. How does one continue lauding a building on looks when you know the structure is shaky!
Caste led honour killing & work profiling; abuse of women & third gender…excel in modern #India
— Vijaya Moorthy (@vmoorthynow) September 17, 2018
End that phrase!
The characterisation of Pranay’s murder or any other similar murder as “honour killing” is preposterous and places the blame on the victim. End that phrase. Murder is not honourable.
Murder for patriarchal, casteist, or religious hate is a hate crime.
— Anupam Guha (@Anupam_Guha) September 17, 2018
How low will we stoop?
Honor killing is when you kill your own daughter…India’s feudals typically murder lower caste groom but caste media calls it “honor” killing..this should be called Varna Dharma #RamaRajya. https://t.co/3lVmyVVCaC
— Meena (@Teloogoo) September 16, 2018
The dalit boy’s murder (honour killing) is so brutal and shocking. For marrying an upper caste girl. She is five months pregnant. When will we annihilate caste? 🙁
— K (@monteskw) September 15, 2018
Is anyone listening?
Honour-killing mentality should stop. It will only happen when top politicians come out and condemn this barbaric act. https://t.co/seQQS7Qntf
— SriniT (@FOLKESTONE_GUPT) September 17, 2018
Killing someone for love?
Killing someone for love is a heinous monstrous act😐all those responsible should be hanged till death ASAP😞🤐Justice should be served to his family wife and more importantly to him🙏 #RipPranay #PranayAmrutha #HonourKilling #Telangana
— P a l l a v i (@pallzie) September 17, 2018
Justice has to be served!
Pranay murder is cold blooded of the worst category, because there is no sick monster engaging in killing. In this case perperators r the parents of the girl. The charge is she dared to love, out of boundary, created by some unknown people for some unknown reasons. #Honourkilling
— Nava Mohan Rao…. 🇮🇳 (@iamnavamohan) September 16, 2018
We all are!
Where the hell are we headed as a society!!! definitely not forward by the looks of it.. absolutely disgusted!! #HonourKilling
— veleti sumanth (@sumanth_veleti) September 16, 2018
As expected, Amrutha, wife of the victim, has vowed that she will never go back to her father and will live with husband Pranay’s parents.