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Delhi photographer murder: ‘She keeps asking for Ankit… says it’s all over’

Ankit Saxena was stabbed to death near his house after an altercation with four family members of the woman.

Written by Anand Mohan J , Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Updated: February 4, 2018 1:23 pm
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The man she wanted to marry killed, her parents arrested for the crime and her house bolted shut. With nowhere to go after 23-year-old photographer Ankit Saxena was stabbed to death allegedly by her father in West Delhi’s Raghubir Nagar, this 18-year-old woman has stayed at the Khyala police station since the murder two days ago.

“We tried to convince the woman’s family members to take her back. But they were unwilling so we produced her before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). There are cases when adults are produced before the CWC when they have nowhere to go or face threats. The woman has told the CWC she does not want to stay with her family,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Vijay Singh.

Delhi murder, Communal tension, West Delhi communal tension, Ankit Saxena murder, Delhi family kills man, Delhi News, Indian Express Ankit’s mother with relatives at their home in Raghubir Nagar in West Delhi on Friday. (Express Photo/Praveen Khanna)

Her extended family — some living in the same colony and others in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur and Gorakhpur — told The Sunday Express they were “afraid” to take her in. On Saturday afternoon, her maternal aunt, cousins and 12-year-old sister visited her at the police station.

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The police requested them to take the woman home. “She kept crying, she was delirious…We told police we can’t take her home with us. She kept asking about Ankit, her parents and said it was all over for her,” said her aunt.

A few days ago, 23-year-old Ankit Saxena jokingly asked his childhood friends to be witnesses at his court marriage to his 20-year-old girlfriend, who belongs to a minority community.

Saxena was stabbed to death near his house on Thursday night, after an altercation with four family members of the woman. Her parents, uncle and 16-year-old brother opposed her “relationship” with Saxena. While her parents and uncle are in judicial custody, her brother was sent to a juvenile home.

On Saturday morning, as armed paramilitary personnel and Delhi police commando units were stationed across five lanes surrounding the colony, the woman’s relatives sat inside their home glued to the television set. “We have not stepped outside since Friday, we haven’t opened our beauty parlour either. We fear we will be attacked… Obviously we can’t bring her here,” said the woman’s cousin, who runs the parlour.

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On Friday, her cousin was asked to vacate the parlour. The woman’s maternal aunt said, “We have been living here for nine years now, but will probably sell the house and go to Gorakhpur… itni bandaami aur itne darr ke baad yahan kaise rahe (How can we stay here after this infamy and fear)?”

A few lanes away, shutters were pulled down on the parlour run by the woman’s mother — a desk with cans of wax lay outside. “On Friday, Bajrang Dal members threatened me, asked why I rented out my shop to someone from a minority community. They said if I don’t empty the shop, they would destroy it. I fear for my life and that of wife and children,” said Vinod Kumar, 38, the landlord. The West Delhi unit chief of the Bajrang Dal, Jagjit Singh Goldie said, “Humne parlour band kara diya hai… (We shut the beauty parlour down).”

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  1. KBD
    Feb 5, 2018 at 9:31 am
    Muslims don't like their daughter to get married in other religion, but are open to converting there would be daughter in law to Islam , many Hindus ,Sikhs and Christians I have seen going to a dargah putting a chaddar ,and following all religious rituals exactly how it is done by Muslims some even keep Roza , but I am yet to find a Muslim who goes to a Church ,Temple or a Gurudwara and follow all the religious rituals there please share your experience if you know a Muslim who does it ,
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    1. Sanjay P
      Feb 5, 2018 at 11:47 am
      Have you ever seen any Sikh or Christian going to any mandir to worship idols? Baseless argument.
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      1. KBD
        Feb 5, 2018 at 12:56 pm
        yes Some Sikhs do, and even some Christians do visit temples in South
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          Pankaj Arora
          Feb 5, 2018 at 3:02 pm
          Yes I have lot of my sikhs friends and they are often goes to temple if you also want to see go to all devi’s Temple in Himachal and there you will find lot of them
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          Sahil
          Feb 5, 2018 at 4:46 pm
          If we do that we will not be a muslim anymore. It is the definition of being muslim “there is only one God” this what we recite when someone become muslim. If you we go to temple and do your rituals.. we would be lying to our God.. we will not be a muslim anymore then. We do respect other religions and their rituals. According to islam we should respect but we should not practice what they practice. -
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            Sahil
            Feb 5, 2018 at 4:48 pm
            If we do that we will not be a muslim anymore. It is the definition of being muslim “there is only one God” this what we recite when someone become muslim. If you we go to temple and do your rituals.. we would be lying to our God.. we will not be a muslim anymore then. We do respect other religions and their rituals. According to islam we should respect but we should not practice what they practice. -
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            1. KBD
              Feb 5, 2018 at 5:16 pm
              then your religion teaches you not to be secular, its not Muslims its Islam, that is why who follows Islam as its there in Quran cant be secular
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              1. KBD
                Feb 5, 2018 at 5:19 pm
                whereas Hinduism teaches truth is 1 but there are many ways/ names to it “Ekam Sat Vipra Bahudha Vadanti”
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            2. Rajesh Kumar
              Feb 4, 2018 at 2:45 pm
              How are the parents of ankit handling the situation? IE offices should be shut
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              1. Ravi Shankar
                Feb 4, 2018 at 4:27 pm
                The parents should adopt the girl. Both will get some courage to pull the life ahead. Those who call themselves champions of hindu cause must support family of Ankit and this girl, help them all possible way. Let it be like a tight slap on th face of muslim hypocratic fanatics who are against their girls getting married to other religions.
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                1. Sanjay P
                  Feb 5, 2018 at 11:54 am
                  Will you be willing to marry your own sister or daughter to any Tom, Danish or Harjeet? Don't try to give this a communal color. The article clearly states that there was an altercation. Hence, not an honor killing. Let the law take it's course, and people must not add fuel to fire. Respect others if you wish to get respect from others. Jai Hind.
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              2. Pankaj Doharey
                Feb 4, 2018 at 2:19 pm
                This is very sad for the Indian society as a whole. People should be free to marry or love who they want, these are fundamental rights. Though Law will take its course in this matter, this is very unfortunate. This sort or religious fundamentalism should stop.
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                1. Babu Indian
                  Feb 4, 2018 at 1:07 pm
                  why are these mullas running beauty parlour and unisex saloons . In most neighbours these mullas will run unisex saloons for hindu boys and girls , yet will not allow their girls to step outside without full burka or even talk with outsiders . What hypocrites . Inter religious marriage , in most cases it is muslim boys and hindu/buddhist/sikh/christian... girls . Everyone knows if it is muslim gils and hindu boy what are the consequences . I have no idea why muslims still exist after 1947 . Look at Pak/Bangla , what they have done India should also do so , exterminate the muslims , eiher muslims should be sent to Pakistan or made to leave islam . ANY COUNTRY THAT WILL NOT DO EITHER OF THEM WILL HAVE EXISTENTIAL CRISiS DOWN THE LINE IN FUTURE . HISTORY SAYS SO . Today some muslim imams are demanding separate state in india for muslims .
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                  1. Keath Pactor
                    Feb 4, 2018 at 1:02 pm
                    INdian express instructions to its journalists. If a hindu gets killed by muslims, focus more on the problems faced by killers family and relatives. Somehow show fact to prove, it was the-fault of hindu himself. Never interview the relatives of killed , even if you do report how they forgive the killers. If a muslim gets killed by hindus, somehow show how it is a larger design by rss and hindutva forces. Always interview relatives of killed and highlight their griefs. Link the state govt if it is bjp government, else blame it on central govt. Show how the killers family is linked as well. If you dont believe me, check all reportings from 26/11, IM blasts, ashlaq, muzaffar riots, Kerala killings, mangalore killings. You will see this pattern
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                    1. KBD
                      Feb 5, 2018 at 10:14 am
                      well said, its because there are people in media who encash their Hindu name and iden y to portray themselves as secular, the more they ridicule Hindus the more secular they become,
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