An interfaith married couple has found dead with their heads smashed in a field in Devara Hipparagi taluk in Vijayapura district in North Karnataka. The police found that the woman belonged to the Muslim community while the man belonged to the Hindu community.
After the investigation, the police have arrested four persons, including the girl’s father and brother, in connection with the deaths. The police said that the girl’s family, which was against the relationship, caught them in a field and killed them, The Indian Express reported.
While talking to the media, Anupam Agarwal, Vijayapura district SP, said, “Prima facie looks like it is a case of honour killing. The boy, Basavaraj Madivalapaa Badiger(19), belonged to Dalit community. He was an autorickshaw driver at Saladahalli village. The girl, Davalbi Bandagisab Tambad (18), was from the neighbouring Khanapur and belonged to Muslim community. They were allegedly murdered by her father and other family members who were opposing their relationship.”
“We have taken statements from the boy’s family members and villagers. As per their information, the girl’s family members found the couple together in a field and informed her father. He and the girl’s brothers and other family members rushed to the field and stabbed them after tying them with a rope, and also smashed their heads with a rock,” Agarwal added.
Basavaraj’s mother Mallamma alleged that they were killed in front of her. Speaking to reporters, Mallamma said, “We got to know that the girl’s family had tied my son to a tree in a field and immediately, along with my other son, rushed to the spot. I requested them not to beat them. I said we will advise them but they didn’t listen to me and threatened me too.”