Police on Wednesday recovered bodies of a Hindu boy (15) and a Muslim girl (14) from different places in Bihar’s West Champaran district and suspected the two might have been killed over an affair.
The West Champaran police arrested three relatives of the girl and said that they are waiting for the postmortem report for further investigation. The boy and girl, from adjoining villages of Nautan, studied in different schools. The boy had gone missing on Monday night.
Nautan police station in-charge Kundan Kumar said the girl’s body was recovered from the bank of Chandravat river near Khap Tola. He said that the boy’s body was recovered from Sareh. “Prima facie investigation suggests the two were killed over an affair by the girl’s relatives. We have arrested the girl’s brother Alauddin Ansari and uncles — Gulsanovar Mian and Aamir Mian — on suspicion of killing the two.”
The boy’s father Ravikant Sah from Banhoura village is a small businessman, while the girl belonged to a family of small farmers from Khap Tola village. The boy’s father told police that he had received information about his son’s murder, but he could not gather the courage to look for his son.
Nautan police station in-charge said, “There is no communal tension. But we have been vigilant to ensure there is no law and order problem.” Additional police forces have been deployed in both villages to avoid any communal tension.
“The body of the girl was dumped into a gorge, smeared with salt and covered with mud close to the Chandravat river. The body has been exhumed by the police. The boy’s body was recovered 2 km away from the girl’s house,” Superintendent of Police, Bettiah, Vinay Kumar told PTI.
Our media loves reporting cases involving a Hindu woman – Muslim man relation which appears consensual, but faces opposition from the girl’s family or Hindu society. Recent examples are the conversion to Islam and marriage of a Hindu girl to a Muslim man in Mandya, Karnataka, and Akhila’s conversion and marriage to PFI worker Shafin Jahan which her retired Armyman father is fighting tooth and nail in the courts. In such cases, our media is awash with articles shaming & moralizing Hindu society to change, not distrust Islam, respect the girl’s freedom of choice etc.
But when a case like the present one from Bihar comes about – and such ‘honor killings’ in Islam are quite common, for eg. few months back a pregnant Muslim woman was burnt alive by her family for marrying a Dalit man in Karnataka – all we see is either a blackout of the news or routine, matter-of-fact reporting that remains buried on the inside pages in small columns.
There are never any op-eds or opinion pieces that lecture Muslim society to accept inter-faith marriages involving a Muslim girl and a boy of another religion, or talk about reforming the sharia law which forbids a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim man –
“And do not marry polytheistic women until they believe. And a believing slave woman is better than a polytheist, even though she might please you. And do not marry polytheistic men [to your women] until they believe. And a believing slave is better than a polytheist, even though he might please you. Those invite [you] to the Fire, but Allah invites to Paradise and to forgiveness, by His permission. And He makes clear His verses to the people that perhaps they may remember.”
Technically, this sharia law does not apply in a ‘secular’ country like Bharat as mixed-religion couples have the option of getting married under the Special Marriage Act. But the reality is that de-facto, sharia rules.
News outlets like HinduPost will be criticized and demonized for ‘hate-mongering’; our liberals believe that discussing such crimes is not right as it “alienates Muslims, worsens existing stereotypes about them.”
But how will things change if they are not discussed – isn’t sunlight the best disinfectant, borrowing a phrase from Arun Shourie?
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