A budding love story met an unfortunate fate near the Taj Mahal, the epitome of immortal love.
A Hindu boy and a Muslim girl - in love with each other - decided to end their lives near the famous monument, after their families objected to the relationship.
Rajveer Singh and Shabana (name changed) slit each other's throats with blades and are now struggling for their lives in a local hospital.
Rajveer and Shabana were childhood friends in Agra. A decade ago, Rajveer left Agra and moved to Dehradun with his family. His friendship with Shabana soon developed into a romantic relationship as they grew up.
But Shabana's Muslim family had objections to her love for the Hindu boy. They made her break all ties with him, and secretly moved their home from Dayalpur to Karbala. But Shabana secretly maintained the relationship.
On Wednesday, Rajveer came to Agra and called his lover. Like usual, Shabana left for teaching dance in an academy, but made her way to the Nature Park to meet Rajveer. And there they took the ghastly step.
Horror stuck the forest personnel when they found the duo lying in a pool of blood.
When taken to SN Emergency hospital, only Rajveer was conscious enough to talk. The police contacted Rajveer's home, but no one responded, while Shabana's family reached the hospital soon.
"Both Shabana and I tried hard to convince our parents that they should allow us to get married, but the boundaries of religion remained the biggest hurdle," Rajveer told the magistrate, as per news reports. "We did this after failing at all possible ways to be together. We couldn't get our respective parents to meet each other, even getting spiritual leaders and relatives to intervene didn't help."
According to reports, the Shabana's family is opposed to their marriage because Rajveer was unemployed, an allegation Rajveer called "rubbish".
Police is dealing the matter carefully as "communal" angle is involved. They are waiting for Shabana to regain consciousness, so as to record her statement, which would decide the fate of their supposed love.