She was promised a grand wedding and a happy married life. But Sanjeeta hadn't the faintest clue that she was headed straight to her death.
On Monday, a joint team of Noida and Bulandshahar police arrested five members of her family, including her mother, for allegedly killing the 22-year-old Bulandshahar girl.
Police said Sanjeeta, belonging to the Gujjar community, befriended a Dalit boy named Ravinder Kataria while attending coaching classes together in Mayur Vihar three years ago. They fell in love and secretly got married this February 15.
Noida resident Kataria, under police protection at present, said, “We both joined the same company in Noida as customer service associate about eight months ago. And on February 15 this year, we were married at Arya Samaj Temple in Yamuna Vihar Delhi. The same day we registered our marriage in a Delhi court.”
They decided not to declare their marriage until they succeed in convincing their families to approve it.
Kataria claimed that on April 30 Sanjeeta’s parents came to know of the marriage and were since then holding her captive in the house.
“I tried to contact her last on July 9 when her family members threatened to murder me if I continued my relationship with her,” he alleged.
Kataria’s father Devi Ram said, “On Sunday July 11, Sanjeeta ran away from her house and reached our house at 3 p.m. I immediately informed her parents who reached here in the evening.”
“She refused to go with them. Then they promised that they will get her married to my son in an arranged ceremony which will save the family of humiliation.” He said Sanjeeta then left with her family around 11.30 p.m. that very day.
Kataria said he called her up after she left from his house but her mobile phone was always found switched off. He suspected that something has happened to her.
Senior Superintendent of Police A.K. Singh said, “Ravinder said his wedding to Sanjeeta was schedule to take place on Sunday, July 18. But when he called the girl’s family that day, he was threatened and told not to contact them anymore.”
“On Kataria’s complaint, a case against seven persons was registered on Sunday night.”
A police team was then sent to Bulandshahr to trace the girl. It was later found that her family had killed her on July 12 and later burnt her body in the fields.
The SSP said, “The family had then ploughed the field so that no remains of the body could be traced.”