Bulandshahar 'honour killing' causes outrage across country
The death of a 28-year-old, man who was allegedly killed in by his in-laws, angered at the insult to their 'honour' after their daughter eloped with him, has caused outrage across the country.
Abdul Hakim, a resident of Adauli village in Bulandshahr district, had eloped with his neighbour Mahvish in 2010, earning the wrath of her parents owing to the disparity in their social position. He had returned to the village a few months ago, where he was shot dead on November 22.
Hakim's pregnant widow, Mahvish, said that after the killing of her husband, the village elders wanted the same treatment to be meted to the rest of his family as well. She said that a public announcement had been made to that effect.
"We returned to the village after a year and a half, and had been here for nearly four months. There was a village council meeting yesterday, after which announcements were repeatedly made from the mosque, calling for us to be killed. My husband is already dead, now they want to kill me and the rest of his family," she said.
Abdul Hakim and Mahvish had also appeared on an episode of the reality show 'Satyamev Jayate' hosted by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan. The actor expressed his outrage at the crime, and said on Monday that he had sought protection for Hakim's family.
"I have been assured that firstly, the culprits will be arrested and will be tried under the most stringent provisions of the law. Secondly, Mahvish, her child and Abdul's family will be provided with security. I have received these assurances from Meerut's Superintendent of Police (SP) and the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police in Lucknow," Khan said.
The couple had moved to Delhi after their marriage, where a group called 'Love Commandos' had given them shelter. The group's chairman Sanjay Sachdeva called for the perpetrators of the crime to be punished.
"The people guilty of this murder, the police and administrative officials who are in cahoots with them should be punished. This country should not see another Hakim. That is our mission," said Sachdeva.
The police have so far made two arrests in the case.