In a shocking incident, a man killed his daughter in Kothapalem village of Thallur mandal in Andhra Pradeshâ€™s Prakasam district. Kota Venkat Reddy, the father, allegedly killed his daughter, 20-year-old Vaishnavi, over an argument. Speaking to TNM, Thallur sub-inspector of Police, Sri Ranganatha, rejected reports that it was a caste killing.
"The girl had left college early yesterday because she wasn't feeling well. When she went home, an argument seems to have been started between her and her father. Her father had been unhappy at somethings she did, but when she refused to listen to him, he strangled her in a fit of rage," the sub-inspector said.
Vaishnavi, a college student in Ongole, was reportedly in a relationship with a classmate.
Multiple reports stated that Vaishnavi had been killed because of her relationship with her classmate, and that the two may have married without the knowledge of their parents. The sub-inspector, however, dismissed the same.
"We have got to know that she was in a relationship with a classmate for a few years now, however, the two were not married. This is not a case of honour killing as per our deduction so far,â€ť he said.
Venkat Reddy has been booked under Section 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) and Section 302 (punishment for murder), of the IPC. An FIR has been registered.
The Telugu states have seen multiple instances of caste violence in the recent past. Pranay, a Dalit man was hacked to death in broad daylight allegedly by his the father of his wife, Amrutha in Miryalaguda, Telangana. Amrutha was pregnant at the time, and had left her home to marry Pranay.
Just a few days later, Madhavi and Sandeep, an inter-caste couple were attacked by Madhaviâ€™s father, Manoharachari, as he did not accept their marriage.