A year has passed since Nidhi Barak, 19, and Dharmender Barak, 21, of Jat-dominated Garnauthi village were eliminated by the former’s family when they were on the run in order to solemnise their marriage, but neither family is ready to forgive them for defying social norms.
On the night of September 18 last year, the girl’s father accompanied by several others overpowered the runaway couple near Bahadurgarh and killed them using sharp-edged weapons in a case of honour killing.
All six accused identified as Narender Barak, Nidhi’s father, and family members Rita, Ravinder, Sunny, Mahesh Chippi and Rajesh, who were booked under murder charges, are in jail as the case is on.
When this correspondent visited the village on Saturday, none of the family members agreed to speak on the issue.
Parkash Barak, 60, father of Dharmender, who was pursuing a diploma from the ITI at the time of the incident, said marrying in the same gotra and village was not a tradition here and people did not accept such relationships.
Several other elders, who were sitting at the baithak, the common village sitting place, with Parkash, said the village held Dharmender and Nidhi responsible for ruining two families, as the members of one family were in jail and those of the other were being ostracised.
Pawan Barak, the elder brother of Dharmender, when contacted on phone as he was not present in the village, said he had appeared in court and was hopeful that justice would be delivered soon. On being asked about his views on the honour killing he refused to comment.
A village youth who sells milk said discussions on the subject often led to brawls.
He said neither of the families remembered the couple on their first death anniversary on September 18 as they believed it would mean giving legitimacy to theirrelationship.
Additional district attorney SK Pahwa said all six accused, including the girl’s father, were in jail and the case was in the evidence stage in the court.