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Uttarakhand: Couple Shot Dead By Woman’s Father & Brother For Marrying Against Their Wishes

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A  couple was shot dead in the Kashipur area of Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttarakhand on Monday night allegedly by the woman’s father and brother. The woman’s family were reportedly against this marriage. 

The couple, Nazia and Rashid, had eloped in June and got married against the wishes of the woman’s family.  Post marriage, Nazia’s father had gone to their house and threatened to shoot the couple if he saw them in Alli Khan Mohalla, the locality where the families lived, Superintendent of Police, Kashipur, Rajesh Bhatt said. 

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What You Should Know

  • A  couple was shot dead in the Kashipur area of Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttarakhand.
  • When the couple was returning from the local market in the Kashipur area, the woman’s father and brother came on a motorcycle and allegedly shot them dead.
  • The accused are on the run.

However, after some time, the father invited them to spend a few days at his home and told them that he no longer had anything against their marriage. Believing her father, Nazia had come home with Rashid a few days ago reported NDTV

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Later on, they were returning from the local market in the Kashipur area, and the woman’s father and brother reportedly came on a motorcycle and shot them dead. Nazia and Rashid died on the spot.

According to the Hindustan Times, Nazia’s family was against their marriage because Rashid was a Muslim man from another clan. 

Following the incident, Rashid’s family has lodged a complaint. The case has been registered and further investigation is going on.  

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Similar incidents

Incidences of honour killing are not new in this country. In 2019 in Punjab, 21-year-old Amanpreet Kaur and 24-year-old Amandeep Singh got married against the wishes of the girl’s parents. When they were returning from the Gurdwara in Tarn Taran someone suddenly abducted the couple. Reportedly, they were dragged from the car near the house. The accused first crushed them with their car, chopped their bodies in pieces and shot them.  Later on, the police arrested the woman’s father Amarjeet, and mother Harvinder Kaur India Today reported.

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In Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar, a couple was set on fire over inter-caste marriage. They were reportedly doused in kerosene and then set on fire.  The girl’s relatives were against their inter-caste marriage reported The Hindu. 

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Sagrika Giri is an intern with SheThePeople.TV