“When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Qur’an 47:4)
“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 until they believe. And a believing slave is better than a polytheist, even though he might please you. Those invite 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.” (Qur’an 2:221)
Three people have been arrested and a minor detained for the murder of a 23-year-old photographer Ankit Saxena, killed allegedly by the family of his Muslim girlfriend in west Delhi. Ankit was attacked on a street near his home on Thursday night and was stabbed in the neck, the police said.
The police arrested the mother and uncle of Ankit’s girlfriend and detained her 14-year-old brother. The mother and uncle of Ankit’s girlfriend were arrested from the site of the murder, while her father and younger brother were taken into custody by the police from their house later.
Ankit was dating the 20-year-old second-year college student for the past three years. The police said her family was opposed to the relationship because Ankit was a Hindu.
There is heavy police deployment in Raghubir Nagar, the area where Ankit was killed. Police said the stepped-up security is a precautionary measure.
At around 9 pm on Thursday, he was beaten and then was stabbed with a knife. The road was full of blood where he collapsed. Ankit’s mother reportedly ran out of her home when she was told that he was being attacked. She has told the police that she saw the woman’s father stabbing her son.
Ankit’s father Yashpal Saxena said, “They caught hold of my son and the girl’s father slit my son’s throat. Blood spilled all over and within two seconds everything was over.”
The young woman has said Ankit and she planned to get married soon. “I was going to meet him and then someone told me he had been stabbed with a knife. We were going to marry. He called me and told me he wanted to marry me, so we were meeting,” she told reporters.
The two began dating when they were neighbours a few years ago. They continued the relationship even after her family moved away.
“During the investigation, we found that they caught and stabbed Ankit in the neck. The woman’s family was against their relationship as they belonged to different communities and had warned Ankit against associating with her,” senior police officer Vijay Kumar said.
The young woman, who the police say is in a state of shock, is with the cops right now for safety reasons. The police said she will be produced before the Child Welfare Committee so that a decision could be taken where she will stay. She had told reporters that she was “scared of her family”.