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Delhi murder: How can you murder someone for loving a woman, says inter-faith couple

According to Mohammad Ishan and Heena Sonkar, who live in the same neighbourhood as Shehzadi, the alleged girlfriend of the victim, the crime is “unpardonable”

delhi Updated: Feb 04, 2018 00:28 IST
Shubhomoy Sikdar
Shubhomoy Sikdar
Hindustan Times
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Mohammad Ishan and Heena Sonkar, who live in the same neighbourhood as Shehzadi

An inter-faith married couple, living a few houses away from the accused family in the Rahgubir Nagar murder case, said 23-year-old Amit Saxena’s murder was akin to “killing humanity” and the perpetrators deserve the strictest possible punishment.

According to Mohammad Ishan and Heena Sonkar, who live in the same neighbourhood as Shehzadi, the alleged girlfriend of the victim, the crime is “unpardonable” and people have to rise above their religious differences to build a society that accommodates more inter-faith couples.

“How can you murder someone for loving a woman no matter what their faith is? The woman’s family brutally killed Saxena in full public view. Which religion approves of such a crime?” asks 24-year-old Ishan. The couple have a year-old daughter — Khushi.

“How can ending someone’s life be a solution? The killers deserve to be hanged. That is how we will set an example for the future generations,” adds 23-year-old Heena.

Since Thursday — when Shehzadi’s parents, uncle and younger brother allegedly killed Saxena in public accusing him of being in a relationship with the girl — the couple finds itself surrounded with neighbours discussing how Shehzadi’s family was opposed to their alleged relationship because they were from different religions.

Ishan, a screen printer, and Heena had known each other for many years as they lived in the same neighbourhood of Raghubir Nagar. They had befriended each other and soon decided to get married. Like Saxena and Shehzadi, they, too, were from different religions.

The couple met with some resistance when they married nearly two years ago. But with passage of time, Ishan and Heena convinced their parents, who now visit the couple frequently. Even after their marriage, they continue to follow their respective religions.

“Of course it is not easy, but everyone should play a part in finding an amicable solution,” said Heena.

First Published: Feb 04, 2018 00:28 IST