After the shocking murder of a 23-year-old man over an inter-faith relationship in outer Delhi’s Khayala region, the girl has come forward and said that she is living in fear. She told India Today that she was scared of her family after the cold-blooded murder of man identified as Ankit.
“I was going to meet him when I got to know. My family has killed him. My uncle has done this. We were about to get married. I am scared of my family,” said the girl identified as Shehzadi.
Shehzadi added that she is scared that if she returns to her family, they will inflict atrocity on her. The girl told police that her parents were against her relationship with Ankit.
The girl who has sought police protection is presently underground.
“I was coming back from Meeranagar when it happened. Four boys were beating a man and later murdered him. Three of them ran away and one got caught. The ambulance later took the victim away,” said Satyapal Singh, an eyewitness to the horrific incident.
The 23-year-old man, who is a photographer, entered into an argument with the girl’s family on Wednesday at around 9 PM. The altercation later turned violent and the girl’s uncle allegedly stabbed the man. The family of Ankit said that their son was killed in front of him.
“Those people came and slit my son’s throat. My son collapsed soon after. They also assaulted my diabetic wife who has been undergoing treatment,” Ankit’s father Yashpal Saxena told India Today.
When asked if the girl’s family approached them, Ankit’s father said that they were never approached. Yashpal added that the girl’s family abused and assaulted them when they met them on Wednesday.
“They accused my son of abducting their daughter. I told them my son was innocent and that they could call the police to investigate,” said Kamlesh Saxena.
Yashpal told India Today that they were unaware of the relationship and they came to know about the incident after someone called them to inform them about the attack. He also added that his son was cornered by a group and slit his throat.
Ankit’s family has sought a death penalty for the perpetrators of the crime. His mother told India Today that Ankit was the bread winner of the family.
“The family said that the girl’s kin came armed. The couple were having an affair which the family disapproved. I have been told that they were planning to elope as they were feeling threatened,” said Manjinder Sirsa, SAD-BJP MLA.
Following the incident, the Delhi police arrested the girl’s father, mother and uncle.
“The motive behind the murder is clear as his purse and mobile were still on him. We have registered a case under Section 30 (punishment for murder). We are in the process of obtaining CCTV footage from the area, even as locals are being questioned,” said the police, adding that there could be other angles too to the murder such as a robbery attempt or personal enmity.