Why was this man, 28, killed for marrying an upper caste girl in India?

Hyderabad: A 28-year-old man was abducted and killed for marrying a girl of upper caste in Hyderabad.

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In a replay of a similar honour killing about two years ago, Hemanth Kumar, an interior designer by profession was abducted and strangled in a car by several relatives of the girl and two hired killers. Kumar had married Avanthi Reddy on June 11 and according to the police, since then her parents and others were plotting to eliminate him.

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Hyberabad police, under whose limits the pair were abducted, have arrested 14 people including her father Lakshma Reddy and mother Archana. Those arrested include prime accused and Avanthi’s maternal uncle Guduru Yugender Redd, his brother Guduru Sandeep Reddy other relatives Ardham Ranjith Reddy, Ardham Rakesh Reddy, Keesari Rajitha, Yellu Santhosh Reddy, K Sandeep Reddy, Ardham Spandana and Yellu Swapna. Two suspected hired killers Shaik Pathan and Buchi Yadav were also arrested. All the accused were produced in the court and were sent to judicla custody.

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Deputy Commissioner of Police M Venkateshwarulu said that Hemanth and his wife were abducted from their home in TNGOs colony. Avanthi, who jumped out of the car in the outskirts while they were being taken away by the abductors, alerted the police about the incident. By the time police could trace the whereabouts of Hemanth, he was killed in the same car. His body was found dumped in bushes near Sangareddy town, about 50 kms from Hyderabad.

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“Hemanth and Avanthi had known each other for 8 years as they lived in the same Chandnagar area and eloped from home on June 10 and got married next day”, police official said.

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While Avanthi was from Reddy caste, Hemanth was from Vysya or Bania community.

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In its remand diary the police informed the court that Avanthi’s parents along with Yugunder Reddy plotted to take revenge by killing Hemanth as they saw the inter caste marriage an insult to them. “They did not come out of their homes unable to bear the humiliation”, police said in the diary.

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It was reminiscent of a similar incident on September 15, 2018 in Miryalguda town of Telangana in which a 23 year old Dalit (lower caste) man Pranay Kumar was killed in day light for marrying an upper caste girl Amrutha. Police later arrested her father Maruthi Rao on the charges of conspiracy to kill but before court could convict him he committed suicide.

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