In yet another case of family hate over inter-caste marriage, a couple was set on fire by the girl’s family in Ahmednagar last week in a case of honour killing.
As per the media reports, 23-year-old Mangesh Ransing, and his wife Rukmini (19), were doused in kerosene and set on fire by three of Rukmini’s relatives, including her father and two uncles on May 1 in Nighoj village.
While Rukmini Ransingh, who sustained 70 per cent burn injuries, succumbed Sunday night, her husband, Mangesh is being treated for 50 per cent burn injuries at Sasoon General Hospital in Pune.
According the police, Rukmini and Mangesh fell in love and got married despite the objections of Rukmini’s family. The couple got married around six months ago. The girl belonged to the Lohar community, while her husband is from the Pasi community.
After since the marriage in October, Rukmini’s family, which had opposed their marriage in October last year, had been threatening to harm the couple.
Sub-Inspector Vijaykumar Bothre told media persons that “On April 30, the couple had a dispute over a small issue after which she went to her family home. On May 1, Rukimini called him to take her with him. But when Mangesh went there, her family refused to let her go. After a heated argument in the afternoon, her two uncles set the couple on fire in a room by pouring petrol on them in the presence of her father, who had locked the room from outside,” PSI Bothre said.
“The screams of the two were heard by neighbours, who helped take them to hospital. After primary treatment and assessment of the situation, the two were sent to Sasoon General Hospital in Pune for further treatment,” he added.
Rukmini succumbed to her burn injuries during treatment on Sunday night while Mangesh is currently under treatment.
Rukmini’s two uncles Surendra Bhartiy and Ghansham Saroj have been arrested by the Ahmednagar police. A search is on for her father Rama Bhartiy who is absconding. The investigation is based on the statements given by the couple while under treatment and other family members.