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Gujjar girl killed for marrying Dalit

By Samyuktha

New Delhi, Jul 20: A 22-year-old girl from the Gujjar community of Bulandshahar in UP became the latest victim to honour killing for the crime of marrying a Dalit boy.

Noida police has reportedly arrested five people in connection with the killing of the girl, identified as Sanjeeta.

All of those who were arrested on Monday, Jul 19 night were family members of the girl.

According to the police, Sanjeeta married Ravinder Kataria in Feb 2010. The youngsters had reportedly met in coaching classes three years ago.

Katar, who is a Noida resident, had earlier lodged an FIR with Sector 58 Noida Police apprehending threat to his wife's life from her family members.

“I last tried to contact her on July 9 when her family members threatened to murder me if I continued my relationship with her," he is quoted as saying in news reports.

The relatives of girl had taken to her to native village on the promise of a formal wedding function.

“Ravinder (Katar) said his wedding to Sanjeeta was schedule to take place on Sunday, July 18. But when he called the girl's family that day, he was threatened and told not to contact them anymore," Senior Superintendent of Police AK Singh informed.

When the police acted on the complaint filed by Katar, they recovered skeletal remains, believed to be that of Sangeeta, from a field owned by her family in village Barmadpur.

This case adds to the long list of honour killing cases that have emerged in the recent past raising concerns over how the country would deal with such a social evil.

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