“I have no regrets. I’ll do it again if I have to,” said Billu, the remorseless father of Nidhi Barak, 20, who was beaten to death.
The parents of Dharmender Barak, 23, will not file a case against those who murdered their son – they say the pair got what they deserved.
Nidhi and Dharmender eloped on Tuesday, knowing their families would never consent to their relationship as they belonged to the same village.
Using farming tools, they allegedly broke his arms and legs, stabbed him repeatedly and beheaded him. Dharmender’s headless body was dumped outside his home in the same village. Inside, his family had refused to come out and help him.
Seven members of Nidhi’s family are believed to be involved in this shocking example of medieval-style killings in the name of ‘family honour’ in Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s hometown.
Nidhi’s family runs a thriving dog-breeding business and is said to be influential in those parts. Dharmendra came from a family of poor farmers. They met three years ago as college students in Rohtak, where Nidhi was studying fine arts and Dharmender was pursuing a technical course.
Several such young couples have been murdered in villages of Haryana bound by the diktats of lawless, but politically influential ‘Khap panchayats’ who forbid marriages within the same village.
In 2011, the Supreme Court had said those behind such killings should face the death penalty. LINK