The furore over the controversial Tanishq ad has barely died down, but yet another grisly incident has shown just how far the ad was divorced from reality.
A 23-year-old woman was stabbed to death allegedly by her lover and his brother in Hyderabad’s Rein Bazar area in the old city. The incident came to light on Sunday morning when her body was found near a hotel.
The victim, a native of Narayankhed district, was pursuing her LLB from the Mahatma Gandhi Law College in Hyderabad and was also a volunteer with the People For Animal society. According to police, during her time volunteering at the NGO, she met accused Syed Mustafa and both reportedly started a relationship.
However, Mustafa then started avoiding the woman, and reportedly stopped receiving the calls from her. The woman decided to go to Mustafa’s house to confront him for being away from her. An altercation broke out between Mustafa’s family members and the woman.
Mustafa’s brother, Jameel, also got embroiled in the quarrel which continued till 4 am in the morning. Syed Mustafa tried to placate the woman and offered to drop her to her home. Later, Syed Mustafa, along with his brother, in a fit of rage, reportedly stabbed the woman to death and left the body abandoned near a hotel in Rein Bazar.
This is the only the latest case in a series of violence resulting from Hindu women being romantically involved with Muslim men. Just a few days ago, a woman had died after setting herself on fire alleging harassment by her Muslim in-laws. The very day the ad was released, two Hindu men had been killed by the families of their Muslim partners. In Bengaluru, Hindu man Lakshmipathi was killed by the family of his Muslim girlfriend because her father was opposed to the inter-faith union, and in Delhi, 18-year-old Rahul was murdered by Mohammad Afroz, Mohammad Raj and 3 others over his relationship with a Muslim girl. OpIndia reported that 20 cases of love jihad had been reported in just the last two months, and 11 cases were reported from Kanpur alone. Things have come to such a head that the Uttar Pradesh government is mulling an ordinance to check the barbaric practice, and the Assam government has said that it’ll take serious measures to fight love jihad in its state.