Haryana village boycotts honour killing victim’s family, again
Ever since the Karnal Sessions court on Thursday held seven persons guilty in a three-year old criminal case of honour killing of a young couple, Manoj and Babli, the family of the boy is facing an unannounced social boycott by the villagers.india Updated: Mar 27, 2010 11:20 IST
Ever since the Karnal Sessions court on Thursday held seven persons guilty in a three-year old criminal case of honour killing of a young couple, Manoj and Babli, the family of the boy is facing an unannounced social boycott by the villagers.
Fifty five year old widowed Chanderpati, mother of Manoj, told Hindustan Time over phone from her home at Karora village in Kaithal district that the villagers had stopped interacting with them since Thursday. Though some villagers were sympathetic towards them but were fearing the powerful Khap panchayat.
“Obviously villagers are scared. They fear trouble from the convicted family who enjoy patronage of politicians and the community panchayat,” she said. She lives in the village with her daughter, Rekha.
“After the murder verdict against 7 persons, I am feeling greater threat to me and my three children. I can’t think of going out even to purchase vegetables in the village without guards,” she said.
Two policemen have been deputed for the security of Chanderpati and her family. But she is clearly petrified.
She has opted to withdraw her daughter Rekha from a regular school. Rekha is appearing for her Class XI examinations as a private student. She has also sent one of her sons to a school in another district.
Manoj was the eldest among her four children. Manoj, then 23, had married Babli against the wishes of her family on May 18, 2007. The couple soon moved away to Karnal to escape the wrath of the villagers but they were killed in cold blood on June 15, 2007.
Chanderpati recalled how the village panchayat had enforced a social boycott against the family when the couple had married against the wishes of Babli’s family in 2007.
The panchayat had also decreed a fine of Rs 25,000 on anyone flouting with its order barring any social contact with the family. It was only after the intervention of the National Human Rights Commission that this practice was stopped.
“My son and daughter-in-law were killed in cold blood even when they had security cover. Role of the cops on duty is now proven and I apprehend a higher degree of threat to all of us. Authorities should increase security for us,” Chandepati who bravely stood against the village single handedly said.