A tribal man was allegedly murdered and his wife gang-raped by three men in Haidergarh area of Vidisha district for not sending their daughter to her husband’s family in neighbouring Raisen.
The incident occurred on the intervening night of May 2-3 when 40-year-old man Kattu Bheel and his 38-year-old wife were sleeping inside their hut in Jodhpur village, 110km from Bhopal.
The accused, including Prakash Bheel (the brother-in-law of Kattu’s daughter Sukkha) and two aides barged into the hut and attacked Kattu with pickaxes, before tying him to the cot with a rope.
The three gang-raped the wife, while Kattu cried in vain for help in the hut located in the dense forest.
After committing the crime, the accused -- all hailing from neighbouring Raisen district -- fled. The matter came to light when some villagers spotted Kattu dead and his wife unconscious on May 3 morning.
Haidergarh police station in-charge DD Nagpure said preliminary probe revealed that Prakash’s brother Prabhu was married to Sukhha a year ago.
But six months ago, Sukkha returned to her parents’ house and was sent with two brothers to work in Gujarat. Despite requests by Prakash, Kattu and his wife were not sending Sukkha back to her in-laws’ house, the Haidergarh police station in-charge said.
Recently, Prakash had asked Kattu and his wife to send their daughter back to Raisen or else return Rs 1.56 lakh dowry, which they paid for marrying Prabhu with Sukkha a year ago.
Among tribal families in Madhya Pradesh, the Vadhu Mulya (dowry) is paid by groom’s family to bride’s family at the time of marriage.
“We’ve lodged a case of murder, gang rape, criminal intimidation and crime with a common intent against Prakash Bheel and two unidentified aides and are conducting joint raids with Raisen police to nab them,” Nagpure said.
Crimes allegedly committed to settle scores over petty issues continue to shiver Vidisha district. It’s the second such case in ten days to avenge insult or family dispute in Vidisha.
On April 24, a brawl between a minor girl and a woman over drawing of water from a hand pump two years ago, had allegedly triggered the killing of the teenager’s 11-year-old sister in Banskhedi village of Vidisha district.
The 11-year-old identified as Pushpa Prajapati was allegedly burnt alive by a man Pappu Maine inside her house in Banskhedi village, 125km from Bhopal.
Pappu had allegedly set the minor afire to avenge the insult of his wife by Pushpha’s sister Varsha two years ago. The accused was arrested three days later and booked for murder.