Pregnant Muslim woman stabbed, burnt alive for marrying Dalit man in Karnataka

June 06 2017

A pregnant Muslim woman was set ablaze by her family for allegedly marrying a Dalit man in Karnataka.

Theincident took place in a village called Gundanakala in the Bijapur district. Banu begum (21) was in love with Sayabanna Sharnappa Konnur (24) a young man from the same village.

There was stiff resistancefrom the families when they heard about their relationship in January this year. Banu's family, was so enraged that they dragged the girl to the local police station and sought a case of POCSO to be filed against Sayabanna.

However, the police dropped the charges against him asthey did not find any criminal case against Sayabanna. After the policelet off Sayabanna, the couple decided to elope and get married. They went to Goa and later registered their marriage at a sub registrar's office in Mundebihal, Karnataka.

On June 3, the couple returned to the village and Banu was pregnant. The couple thought that the families would forgive and compromise with them.

However, both the families were unwilling to change their stand soon got into a fight.Sayabanna was brutally assaulted by the girl's family. The police said that not only were there bite marks on  Banu's mother she allegedly pelted stones at him.

Moments later, Sayabanna escaped and rushed to the nearest Talikote police station to seek help. It took the police nearly ten minutes to reach the location, but when they reached Banu's house the girl's family allegedly had stabbed her multiple times and  set her on fire.

While Sayabanna begged people to help him save his wife, it is believed that the neighbours went inside their homes andlocked themselves up.

Four members including Banu's mother, her sister, brother and brother in law have been arrested.

The police are on the lookout for two other sisters of Banu who are absconding.

Pregnant Muslim woman stabbed, burnt alive for marrying Dalit man in Karnataka