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Is falling in love a crime?

Blinded by rage, Shakir chopped his sister's head for eloping with a man from a different caste, writes S Raju.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2006 14:42 IST
S Raju
S Raju
PTI

For Shakir, there is no greater crime than falling in love. Which is why, on Sunday, he stole into the female surgical ward of the Meerut Medical College and Hospital and chopped the head off his 18-year-old sister Nargis.

Her father, the police said, not only watched the gruesome murder unfold before his eyes but also allowed his son to slink off into the darkness outside, satisfied that the young woman had been punished for eloping with a man from a different caste.

Horrified screams of the patients, where Nargis was sleeping, alerted the doctors and nurses, who then called the police. A hunt has been launched for Shakir while Nargis's father is being questioned.

Blinded by rage, it was Shakir who had stabbed the girl on December 18 after she returned with her husband to the Khaddarwal colony of Muzaffarnagar. The village panchayat had also tried to pressure the couple to part ways but they stood their ground.

Naris was admitted to the medical college in a critical condition. She was shifted from the emergency ward to the female surgical ward on Sunday. "She was recovering fast and doctors had decided to release her on Tuesday," said Usha Sharma, principal of the college. During her stay in the hospital, her father and elder sister were by her side. Though her father chose not to stop Shakir, Nargis's sister did put up a feeble protest, the police said .

The SSP of Meerut, Rajiv Ranjan Verma, has asked his Muzaffarnagar counterpart to help track down Shakir. Several police teams have been dispatched to Muzaffarnagar and nearby areas in the district.

The police have deputed constables in various wards of the hospital. "We are also arranging for private security guards for patients," said the principal.

Dossier of shame 13 honour killings within nine months in 2003 in Muzaffarnagar district 10 such deaths reported in 2002 in the same district, 35 couples missing Uttar Pradesh topped the list of harassment cases against women in India in 2003.

First Published: Jan 03, 2006 14:42 IST