In a case of honour killing, a 24-year-old girl was beaten to death on April 12 after her family found out that she had secretly married and converted to Buddhism.
Rupali Bangar, resident of Kinawli village in Shahpur, Thane district, had been in a relationship with Vijay Bhoir (27), the brother of her college friend Sangeeta, for the last three years.
Four persons — her father Balkrishna (45), brother Sachin (25), and sisters Geeta Ranzane (27), and Archana Vishe (20) — have been arrested on charges of murder, destroying evidence and conspiracy.
“Rupali used to visit Sangeeta’s home and that’s where she met Vijay. On January 1 last year, the duo had a registered marriage. She had also converted to Buddhism two years ago,” said inspector Gautam Shinde, Shahpur police station.
Bangar — a final year mechanical engineering student who was doing her internship with Air India — decided to keep her marriage under wraps until she completed her graduation.
Bhoir is an officer at HDFC Bank at Kalwa, near Thane.
However, one week back, Bangar’s parents seemed to have got wind of the relationship and started questioning her. When she refused to divulge, they started beating her. Giving into pressure, Bangar revealed about her marriage as well as conversion.
After midnight of April 12, Bangar sent a text message on Bhoir’s mobile phone (9273749049) saying her parents knew of their relationship and she was being beaten up.
Since it was too late in the night, Bhoir didn’t take any action and decided to wait. In the morning, when Bangar’s engineering classmate Neelam didn’t get a response from her phone she informed Bhoir.
Bhoir then contacted the Shahpur police station and showed them the marriage certificate and photographs. He along with the police then headed to Kinawli police station.
“When we reached the house, the family was taking Rupali for the funeral,” said Shinde.
The body was seized and taken to Murbad government hospital. But the doctor directed the police to take the body to JJ Hospital where a post-mortem declared that Bangar died after being beaten up.