Pregnant Muslim woman burnt alive for marrying Dalit


An incident of honour killing at the village Gundakanala in Muddebihal taluk in Vijayapura district of Karnataka has sent shock waves.  According to police, a 21-year-old pregnant Muslim woman, identified as Banu Begum, was allegedly burnt alive by her family members for marrying Dalit youth Sayabanna Sharanappa Konnur from Valimiki caste on Saturday night.

Konnur also sustained injuries in the ghastly incident and is battling for life in a hospital.

The police have arrested Banu’s mother, sister, brother-in-law and brother in connection with the incident. Her two  elder sisters and brothers are absconding, said DySP Prabhugouda Patil said.

Banu and Konnur hail from the same village and had fallen in love. Banu’s family was against the relationship and they lodged a case against Konnur under the Pocso Act with the Talikote police.

However, two days after lodging the complaint, Banu eloped with Konnur to Goa and both of them returned to the village four days after getting their marriage registered  at the sub-registrar’s office in Muddebihal, police said.

The love story of Banu Begum and 24-year-old Dalit  boy Sayabanna Sharanappa Konnur, ended in a tragedy  where in the family members of Banu Begaum allegedly burnt her alive after knowing that that she was pregnant.

As the story goes the girls family was opposed to the relationship and they even went to the police and filed a written complaint against the boy. After the incident, Banu and Konnur eloped to Goa on January 24, and decided to live there. In February, they got their marriage registered. When Banu got pregnant, the couple decided to return to Gundakanala, assuming that their families would accept their marriage.

According to Talikote police, the family refused to accept them even after they came to know about her pregnancy. “The families did not accept their marriage and a huge fight ensued throughout the day,” the Talikote Dy SP said.

On Saturday night, when the couple refused to give in to their families’ demands, Konnur was brutally assaulted. “An injured Konnur ran to the station and narrated the incident to the police. He then ran back to pick up Banu. However, before he could reach, she was burnt alive,” police claimed.

It was on Sunday, Banu’s mother, brother, sister and father-in-law were arrested. “They have been booked for murder and assault. Banu had been stabbed multiple times before being set on fire,” Patil said. Four other accused in the case —  Banu’s two elder sisters and two brothers — are absconding, Patil added.  



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