A middle-aged Muslim couple was allegedly beaten to death in the Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh Friday. The son of the deceased couple eloped with a girl from another community from the same village and the family members of the girl reportedly carried out the attack.
The police have arrested the girl’s brother, brother-in-law, and a family friend till now. A search is on to nab the parents of the girl. The five accused have been booked for rioting, murder, and assault. The police have extended protection to the interfaith couple and refused to divulge their location. The latter left the village a day before the parents of the man were attacked.
The police said the rivalry between the two families started after the adult son of the deceased couple eloped with the girl in 2020. The girl was a minor at the time and the man was booked for kidnapping, rape, and under sections of the Pocso (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act. But the two eloped again after the girl turned 18 years old and, this time, she gave a statement in court that she had left with her partner on her own.
Speaking on the case, Sitapur Superintendent of Police Chakresh Mishra said, “We got information that there was a fight between the two sides and two people died. The police reached the spot and found that a couple aged around 50 years had been killed. Their neighbours told us that another family in the neighbourhood attacked the couple with iron rods. The couple died on the spot. We are getting the post-mortem done. A police force has been deployed in the village.”
Giving details of the case, a police officer said, “The son, 28, of the deceased couple, was booked in 2020 for eloping with a minor girl. The case was lodged after a complaint was received from the girl’s family. He was subsequently arrested and spent 13 months in jail. A few months ago, the girl turned 18 and became an adult and the two again ran away. Another case was lodged and they were found, but this time the girl gave a statement in court in favour of her partner. The man was again arrested around two months ago in connection with a separate case and released on bail just a few days back.”