When Bhawna Yadav and Abhishek Seth fell in love, they knew her parents will disapprove. But they went ahead and eloped anyway.
Their fairy tale romance soon turned grim when the pretty 21-year-old was killed by her own mother and father, who objected the marriage because Abhishek “belonged to a different caste”
Her parents performed the murder in their apartment in Delhi, before secretly cremated her remains in their village in Alwar, Rajesthan, early Monday morning.
Police have arrested the Bhawnaâ€™s father, Jagmohan Yadav and mother, Savitri, based on the complaint filed by her husband. Police said the parents confessed to having killed and cremated their daughter.
Bhawna married Abhishek Seth, who works as an assistant programmer at the Cabinet Secretariat in Rashtrapati Bhavan, on November 12.
The couple studied together in Delhiâ€™s Venkateshwara College and wished to marry but the womanâ€™s family objected as Abhishek belongs to a different caste.
The two married anyway, in an Arya Samaj temple in Mandir Marg. They also got their marriage registered in court.
Abhishek’s mother told The Indian Express newspaper that the two families met on 14 November after her son came home with his newly married bride.
Bharati Seth said the late Bhawna’s parents were angry and that she tried to “reason with them that the couple had got their marriage registered in court”.
“Since both were adults, they had a right to do so,” she added.
Reports said Bhawna’s parents requested that she should be sent back home so they could organise a wedding with “proper ceremonies”, and told Bhurati to take back his bride on 16 November.
The case has shocked many because even though “honour crimes” are common in India, they rarely involve middle-class educated families in big cities.
There are no statistics on the number of “honour” killings but, according to one study, hundreds of people are killed each year for falling in love or marrying against their families’ wishes in a country where many still prefer arranged marriages within their own caste.MYNEWSHUB