A newly married 23-year-old man from a scheduled caste community was hacked to death in the Miryalaguda division of Nalgonda district in Telangana in a suspected incident of honour killing.
A private hospital CCTV footage shows the victim, Peramalla Pranay Kumar, is being attacked from behind by a tall man in safari suit with a weapon on Friday afternoon.Kumar was his with his mother Premalatha and wife Amrutha Varshini. The man died before he could be administered emergency care, reported The Hindu.
“We had gone to the hospital for Amrutha Varshini’s prenatal check-up,” said his mother.
The report added that Kumar belonged to Mala sub-group, while Amrutha, 19, was from upper class Vysya community. They knew each other from their school days, and had eloped in January and married at Arya Vysya Samaj in Hyderabad against the wishes of Amrutha’s parents. In the first week of February, the two had approached the Inspector General-Hyderabad Stepehen Raveendra seeking protection.
"My father said you abort the baby now. Live with him (Pranay) for 2-3 years, after that I will accept the marriage…I have no intention of aborting my baby. Pranay's baby is my future...he was such a nice person. He looked after me so well, especially after I became pregnant. I don't know why caste is so important in this time and age," Amrutha told NDTV.
Amrutha's father Maruthi Rao and uncle Shravan have been taken into custody. The police suspect they may have hired the contract killer.Teams have been sent to trace the absconding father and another accused Sravan. Police have announced a reward for information leading to their arrest, added The Hindu.