Karnataka: Pregnant Muslim woman burnt alive for marrying Dalit man

Banu Begum and Sayabanna Sharanappa Konnur, 24, eloped to Goa in January, where they had their marriage registered.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 6, 2017 12:43 pm
Muslim, Dalit, Woman burnt alive, Karnataka A photograph of Banu and her husband, Sayabanna. (Source: ANI)

A 21-year-old Muslim woman from Gundakanala village, Bijapur district in Karnataka was burnt alive by her family members last Saturday for marrying a Dalit man, reported The News Minute. Banu Begum and Sayabanna Sharanappa Konnur, 24, eloped to Goa in January, where they had their marriage registered. After Banu got pregnant, the couple returned to the village hoping their parents would accept the marriage.

“The families did not accept their marriage and a huge fight raged through the day,” Talikote Deputy SP, PK Patil was quoted as saying by The News Minute.

“Banu’s parents wanted her to leave Sayabanna, and the boy’s father was also not too pleased with the match. On Saturday night, when the couple refused to give in to their families’ demands, Sayabanna’s father, along with Banu’s mother, brother and sister brutally assaulted him,” he added. Sayabanna, who escaped to the police station to file a complaint, returned to see his wife set on fire. She had also been stabbed multiple times.

“Sayabanna arrived at the station and was severely injured. He narrated the series of events and he ran back to pick up Banu. But by the time he reached, the family members had set her on fire,” Patil said. The 24-year-old suffered minor injuries while trying to save his wife.

None of Sayabanna’s neighbours came forward to help him. He claimed they went home and locked their doors after Banu was set on fire, believing the girl had done a ‘terrible deed’.

Banu’s mother, brother, sister and father-in-law were arrested on the charges of murder and assault on Sunday. Four others accused in the case, including Banu’s two elder sisters and two brothers, are absconding.

According to the police, Banu’s family had previously approached them to file a POCSO case against Sayabanna, claiming their daughter was a minor. “The day Banu Begum’s parents found out about their relationship, her parents had dragged her to the police station. They had created a huge ruckus there and had demanded that the police file a POCSO case against Sayabanna, while claiming that their daughter was a minor. They also filed a written complaint in this regard,” Patil, was quoted as saying by The News Minute. Shortly after this, the couple moved to Goa.

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  1. P
    Jun 7, 2017 at 1:29 pm
    muslim women set on fire only because of she married with dalit man... and this news is not even published in today's indian express... last year during ramzan one man forcibly fed then that news was published on front page for a month. i have been reading indian express for last 4 years and on that bases i can tell there are several example of biased reporting towards hindu and soft stance on muslims.... CBI raided ndtv's prannob roy is a welcome news, at least we will know from where does ndtv get funds for anti hindu activities...
    1. J
      jatan nayek
      Jun 6, 2017 at 5:32 pm
      Where now rupsa Roy?is it not truth?
      1. I
        Jun 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm
        No award wapasi against this Islamic terrorism. National commission for women only speaks in glamorous and high profile cases but when a poor pregnant woman is stabbed burned , no women's commission even open mouth. This shows , that commission is not even run by humans, forget about woman
        1. A
          Abha Indian
          Jun 6, 2017 at 4:24 pm
          Khap panchayat is every where. Why to blame only Jats of UP and Haryana? Jai Bheem
        2. I
          Indian First
          Jun 6, 2017 at 2:41 pm
          Very sad, marriage happened and she got pregnant. Folks should have accepted them poor soul may she rest in peace.
          1. s
            Jun 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm
            Very unfortunate
            1. s
              Jun 6, 2017 at 2:12 pm
              What is this of " burnt alive for marrying 'dalit' man"??? Are those so called dalit [term coined by commie & christian ] not Hindus?
              1. D
                Jun 6, 2017 at 3:09 pm
                She was set fired by her muslim parents
              2. G
                Jun 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm
                Will now JNU groups come out for Dalit man against this family (happening to be Muslim as reported by The Indian Express)...???
                1. s
                  Jun 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm
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                    mimi sur
                    Jun 6, 2017 at 3:15 pm
                    Listen Madrasa student.. We don't marry our own sisters, perhaps it is a culture in your community . First learn English lessons and then comment here. Otherwise comment in your mother tongue .
                2. G
                  Jun 6, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                  Will seculars talk speak about casteism, inequality, low-high??? What Muslims regard Dalit is evident. Even there is folklore stories - one of them - Akbar not allowing Salim to marry a woman and kills her - why ?? - because she was a "naachnewali" ... ???..
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