A 24-year-old girl in Thane died after being ruthlessly thrashed by her parents for secretly marrying and converting to Buddhism.
Rupali Bangar, a resident of Kinawli village in Shahpur, Thane, had secretly married Vijay Bhoir last year. Bhoir, 27, was employed with HDFC Bank at Kalwa, and was her friend Sangeeta's brother.
Bangar, a final year mechanical engineering student, was interning with Air India, and had decided to keep her marriage with Bhoir under wraps until she completed her graduation.
"On January 1 last year, the duo had a registered marriage. She had also converted to Buddhism two years ago," said police inspector Gautam Shinde of Shahpur police station.
The police have arrested girl's father Balkrishna, 45, brother Sachin alias Avinash, 25, and sisters, Geeta Ranzane, 27 and Archana Vishe, 20, on charges of murder, destroying evidence and conspiracy.
Bangar's parents seemed to have got wind of her relationship and started questioning her.
When she refused to give in, her parents started beating her, following which Bangar informed them about her secret marriage with Bhoir as well as her conversion.
On April 12, Bangar sent a text message to Bhoir late at night saying that her parents knew of their relationship and they had thrashed her ruthlessly for this.
Since it was too late, Bhoir decided to wait till morning to act. In the morning, Bangar's classmate Neelam tried to contact her, but didn't get a response, following which she informed Bhoir.
Bhoir then contacted Shahpur police station and showed them their marriage certificate and wedding photographs. He along with the police then headed to Kinawli police station.
"Just before we were about to reach her house, we saw the family taking Rupali's body for cremation," said Shinde.
The police seized her body and sent it to JJ Hospital for post-mortem.
The report revealed that Bangar had died due to injuries sustained after being beaten up.