05/06/2017 7:57 PM IST | Updated 05/06/2017 7:58 PM IST

21-Year-Old Muslim Woman Burnt Alive In Karnataka For Marrying Dalit Man


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In a horrific case of honour killing, a 21-year-old pregnant woman was burnt alive by her family for marrying a Muslim man.

The News Minute reported that the incident took place in Karnataka's Bijapur district when Banu Begum told her parents about her marriage to Sayabanna Sharanappa Konnur.

The report suggests that the girl's family had already assaulted Sayabanna once in January when they had learnt of their relationship, after which the couple fled to Goa and got married. When Banu got pregnant, they decided to come back to their village thinking that they will have accept their marriage.

However, the parents did not accept it.

International Business Times quoted Talikote DySP, PK Patil as saying, "Banu's parents wanted her to leave Sayabanna and the boy's father was also not too pleased either. On Saturday night, when the couple refused to give in to their families' demands, Sayabanna's father, along with Banu's mother, brother and sister brutally assaulted him."

The report said that while Sayabanna managed to escape, with bite marks all over his body, and reach a police station to lodge a complaint, Banu was left with her family and was set on fire.

While Banu's mother, brother, sister and father-in-law were arrested, four other accused are still absconding.

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