Beed, a small town in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, witnessed the real-life version of the Marathi film Sairat on Wednesday when a final year engineering student, Sumit Waghmare was killed in a broad daylight by his wife's brother.
The suspect, Balaji and his family were unhappy with their daughter's marriage to Sumit since he belonged to a different caste. Sumit had married his wife only two months ago after eloping after the woman's family refused to accept their relationship.
A video that has gone viral on the social media shows, Sumit's wife pleading her brother and his friend to leave her husband in presence of onlookers.
Balaji is seen killing Sumit as no one among the crowd musters courage to save Sumit.
A case has been registered under the Sections 302(murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance ) by the police after the woman lodged the complaint. However both the assailants are absconding, the Times of India reported.
Sumit had reportedly entered into brawl with his brother-in-law and other members of the woman's family before. On Wednesday, Sumit was returning home after appearing in his examinations when he was attacked by the accused with sharp-edged weapons. Sumit's wife who tried to save him also got injured in the attack.
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Tragic News: Engineering student #Sumitwaghmare killed in broad daylight for marrying Bhagyashri
Killer: Girls brother Balaji
Reason: Inter caste marriage
Place: Beed, Maharashtra
Crowd: Watching as girl pleads for help
National Media: Quiet pic.twitter.com/0XN6jr7Q0H
— Ravi Ratan (@scribe_it) December 21, 2018
The incidents of honour killings over inter-caste marriage and affairs are not new in the country and several such cases were reported in 2018. The murder usually takes place if the man is from a low-caste community than the woman or vice versa.
In November 2018, a cab driver Harish was hacked to death by his girlfriend's brother in Mandya, Karnataka.
In September 2018, a 23-old-man belonging to a low-caste community was killed before his pregnant wife in Telangana.
A Marathi film, Sairat which was made in 2016, was acclaimed worldwide depicted the case of honour killings taking place in India due to the inter-caste marriages and relationships.