A Dalit youth had to pay with his life for being in love with an upper caste girl belonging to this village in Jalandhar district, 110 km north of Chandigarh, on Friday.
Rakesh Kumar, 20, who was in a relationship with Bikramjit Kaur, 17, a Jat Sikh girl from the village, was allegedly done to death by one of her family members and his body was thrown into a nearby drain.
After questioning the girl’s family, the district police recovered Kumar’s decomposed body on Sunday morning. Kaur’s paternal uncle Balwinder Singh (50) has been arrested and booked on the charge of murder.
Nurmahal Station House Officer Harpreet Singh said Kewal Singh, Kumar’s father, had lodged a complaint on Saturday after his son went missing. He had accused the Kaur’s family of foul play.
Kumar and Kaur had been lovers for past couple of years and had remained in touch despite opposition from her family, Kumar’s maternal uncle Kulwant Singh said.
“Bikramjit rang up Rakesh on Friday and asked him to come to her house. When he reached there, he was beaten up by her relatives,” he said.
Kulwant Singh said Kaur rang up Kumar’s friends and appealed to them to save his life. But by the time Kumar’s father reached the house, the girl’s family had left the place with the Kumar’s body, he said.