In a suspected case of honour killing, family members of a high-caste Hindu girl allegedly shot a 24-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl in Pavaiya village, 35-km from Satna district headquarters, on Monday. Police have booked five members of the girl’s family, including her brother and uncles, for the double murder, but no arrests have been made so far.
According to police, family members of Chetna Gautam were unhappy with their daughter’s relationship with her neighbour Bhupat Singh Tomar and had warned his family to dissuade the youth from meeting their daughter.
On Monday, they allegedly forced Chetna to call Bhupat near a river close to their house, where they allegedly shot him from a close range.
Bhupat was shot on his chest, while Chetna was hit on her stomach while she was trying to save the youth, police said, adding that Bhupat died on the spot and the girl was declared dead after she was taken to a hospital by doctors.
Police have also recovered an empty .315 bore cartridge from the spot which suggest that the duo was killed with a country-made pistol. No firearm, however, has been recovered by the police.
According to police, while Chetna was a Brahmin, Bhupat was a Kshatriya and it could be a case of honour killing. There is long-standing hostility between both the two upper castes in Satna district, they said.
“We’re probing all possible angles in the case, including chances of honour killing by the girl’s relatives,” additional SP Satna Rameshwar Yadav said, adding that some relatives of Bhupat have been arrested in connection with a murder case in the past, while Chetna’s family and relatives have no criminal record.
The girl’s kin have accused Bhupat’s family of killing their daughter, but have not submitted any formal police complaint.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
January 2015: In a suspected case of honour killing, three youths were burnt alive inside a jeep in Seoni’s Dhobitola village on January 10, 2015. The victims were identified as Rajesh Maununagotra, Deepak Katiya and Nihal Singhare — all residents of Balaghat. Deepak, who was studying in Indore, was in a relationship with a girl from his village, and had come there with his two friends to meet her. Four people, including two brothers and uncle of the girl, were arrested
June 2015: A young couple was shot dead in Tikamgarh village, in a suspected case of honour killing. The 17-year-old girl and her boyfriend were shot on the day of the girl’s wedding
August 2015: A youth was allegedly strangled by his father-in-law and seven others in Indore. Hemendra Dongre and Archana, both students of Vindhyachal College in Mhow, had tied the knot a year ago against the wishes of the girl’s family.