For marrying within gotra, man beaten up by wife’s brothers in Delhi
A 25-year-old powerlifter who had married a woman from his own “gotra” (family lineage) against her family’s wishes was shot at and assaulted by her brothers in west Delhi’s Nawada on Tuesday night, police said.
Bobby Singh, who said he represented India, suffered a gunshot wound to his right elbow and multiple injuries to his body. He was taken to hospital where his condition was reported to be stable.
Anto Alphonse, deputy commissioner of police (Dwarka), said the assailants are Singh’s brothers-in-law — Neeraj, a bank employee, and PhD student Nitin (police identified them only by their first names). “Both are on the run,” the DCP said.
Singh is an undergraduate student at a Delhi University college. He met Nisha Bagri, also a 25-year-old DU student, in Hastsal village in Uttam Nagar, where he lived. “We belong to the same ‘gotra’. We eloped and married last November against the wishes of my family,” Nisha said.
According to the police, Nisha’s family filed a kidnapping case against Singh, which was later quashed.
The couple found support from Singh’s parents and lived in nearby Matiala village even as Nisha alleged her family kept issuing death threats. She said a ‘khap panchayat’ ordered social boycott of her in-laws.
Singh and Nisha’s brothers had some common friends. “One of them gave away our address ,” she said. One of the common friends allegedly intercepted Singh, while he was returning home on a motorcycle around 10.30 pm Tuesday. “He pretended to speak to me but I believe it was a trap. Suddenly, my two
brothers-in-law approached me and began thrashing me,” Singh said.
As Singh tried to flee, Nitin allegedly fired two-three rounds. “I was fortunate to spot a friend nearby. I hopped on to his scooter and fled,” said Singh.
The police received a call at 10.40 pm after which they rushed Singh to hospital. “We are afraid of our lives,” said Nisha.