‘My fa­ther plot­ted my hus­band’s mur­der’

Hy­der­abad man was killed for ‘hon­our’

The Hindu - - SOUTH - B. Pradeep

A day af­ter Pera­malla Pranay Ku­mar, 23, be­long­ing to a Sched­uled Caste, was mur­dered here in a sus­pected case of ‘hon­our killing,’ his wife, Am­rutha Varshini, said the plot was hatched by her fa­ther Tiruna­garu Maruthi Rao and un­cle Sra­van.

“They are ac­cused num­ber one and two, and the at­tacker seen in the CCTV footage is a hired killer,” the po­lice said.

“On many oc­ca­sions, my fa­ther said I should for­get him (Ku­mar), or else he’d kill him. My un­cle also man­han­dled me,” said Ms. Varshini, who is still in hospi­tal.

Ms. Varshini and Ku­mar eloped in Jan­uary and mar­ried at the Arya Sa­maj Mandir in Hy­der­abad on Jan­uary 30. They re­turned here in Fe­bru­ary and sought po­lice pro­tec­tion. On Fri­day, they were leav­ing a hospi­tal af­ter Ms. Varshini’s pre-na­tal check-up when an uniden­ti­fied man at­tacked Ku­mar from be­hind.

On Satur­day, mem­bers of Mala Ma­hanadu and Ambed­kar Jana Sang­ham ob­served Miryalaguda bandh, protest­ing the killing.

“I will not call this hon­our killing. It is a mur­der mo­ti­vated by caste pride,” SC/ST Com­mis­sion chair­man Er­rolla Srinivas said.

Mem­bers of Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion said the po­lice only gave free ad­vice. “The po­lice did not en­sure the cou­ple’s pro­tec­tion,” they said.

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