In a shocking incident of caste-pride killing in Telangana, parents allegedly murdered their 22-year-old daughter for marrying a man from a different caste, the police said on Sunday. The incident took place at Kalamadugu village of Dandepalli mandal in Mancherial district in Telangana, about 250 km from Hyderabad.
Police said P Anuradha's parents, with the help of some other relatives, killed her in their field, burnt the body and threw the remains in a stream. The incident occurred on Saturday night but came to light on Sunday, after police took up the investigation based on a complaint by Anuradha's husband A Laxman.
Laxman and Anuradha, both residents of Kalamadugu village, got married in an Arya Samaj ceremony in Hyderabad on December 3. Anuradha was training to be a teacher and Laxman was a BTech student. While Anuradha belonged to a Yadava community, Laxman belongs to the Padmashali community.
After their marriage, the couple had sought protection from the Jannaram police on December 22, since they had to visit the village to hear a case. Earlier in March, Anuradhaâ€™s father had filed a police complaint against Laxman for harassing his daughter. The couple were visiting the village to attend the hearing of the case at Luxettipet court on Saturday when the woman's parents assaulted the man and forcefully took Anuradha away.
Police say the girlâ€™s family waited for the policemen who had accompanied the couple to the court to leave before they grabbed her. Laxman then approached the police and had reportedly tried to seek the villagers' help to intervene and counsel the girlâ€™s family, reported The New Indian Express.
Police investigations revealed that the parents took her to a place near Mallapur village in Nirmal district and killed her. They allegedly burnt the body and dumped the ashes in a stream to remove the evidence.
Police have arrested Anuradha's father Sattenna and mother Laxmi, who were reportedly angry with their daughter for marrying a man from a different caste.
In September, Pranay Kumar, a Dalit youth, was hacked to death in full public view in Nalgonda town. The killer was allegedly hired by Pranay's father-in-law Maruti Rao as his daughter Amrutha had married the youth against the family's wish.
(with IANS inputs)