Monday, June 5, 2017

Ramadan death count: India: 04/06/17: Pregnant Muslim woman burnt alive

(India) A young Muslim woman has been burnt alive by her family members for marrying a man outside her religion. The incident happened in a small village near Karnataka.

A 21-year-old Muslim woman named Banu Begum fell in love with 24-year-old Sayabanna Sharanappa Konnur, a Hindu man. When her parents learned about their relationship in January this year, they had brutally assaulted Sayabanna.

Following this incident, they both eloped to Goa to get married. When she became pregnant, the couple returned to their village thinking that their families would accept their marriage. Big mistake, refusing to give in to their families’ demands to divorce, they found themselves being assaulted . He managed to escape and ran to the Local Police Station for help. He then ran back to save his wife. But by the time he reached Banu’s house, her family members had set her on fire. Banu had been stabbed multiple times before being set on fire, police said. Sayabanna sustained injuries in the process of dousing flames from his wife’s body.

The police have arrested Banu’s mother, sister, brother-in-law and brother in connection with the shocking incident. Four other accused – two elder sisters of Banu and her two brothers – are still at large.

Ramadan death toll stands at 1,644.