Parents Poison 20-Yr-Old Daughter For Falling In Love With Dalit Man, Watch Her Die For 6 Hours

The Logical Indian Crew Karnataka

March 5th, 2018 / 6:06 PM

Courtesy: Times of India | Image Credits: Asianage, Times of India.

Enraged that their 20-year-old daughter was in love with a Dalit man and refused to marry a man of the family’s choice, parents forced poison down her throat, watched her die for six hours, and buried her remains in the family farm.

The murder took place in Gollanabeedu village, which is 15 km from Mysuru, Karnataka.

The girl, Sushma, reportedly wanted to marry a Dalit painter from a neighbouring village. Her parents (Kumar Gowda and Jayantji) and her uncle (Kempanna) were aghast at this, opposed to allowing their daughter marry a man from a “different” community.

In December last year, Sushma’s father and a few panchayat members got together to try to dissuade Sushma from abiding by her parents’ wishes. When she did not budge, they sent her to a relative’s house in Mandya district.

Since then, Sushma’s parents called Sushma back home on three occasions to try and change her mind. They failed each time.

On 20 February, the parents called Sushma back home for the fourth time. This time, there was no attempt at mending fences or discussing marriage proposals with Sushma.

“Involving her in a conversation, the girl’s mother is said to have offered her orange juice laced with a toxic liquid. Sushma took a few sips and stopped, saying the juice tasted strong. Seeing their ruse had failed, Kumar, Jayanthi and Kempanna held her nostrils and forced the juice down her throat,” Additional SP N Rudramuni told The Times of India.

“She was given the toxic juice at their farmhouse around 10.30pm. She died around 4am on February 21. Gowda said Sushma struggled for six hours, writhing in pain on the floor. After she died, her body was cremated in the farm around 5am,” Rudramuni said.

The murder could have gone unreprimanded had it not been for constable Ravi, who tipped off his seniors on hearing rumours of the unsuspecting girl being killed over a love affair.

A case was filed at Heggadadevana Kote police station and Gowda, Sushma’s father, admitted to killing his daughter with the help of his wife and brother-in-law but reportedly showed “no remorse”.

All three accused in the case have been booked for murder and destruction of evidence.


The Logical Indian Take

In a first time, an upper-caste girl was murdered when there is an inter-caste love affair involved. The incident is vile and ridiculous that the parents actually forced the girl to drink the poison-laced juice. This shows that even in the 21st century, people care more about caste than their own daughter. The Logical Indian condemns such actions and appeals to the police officers to take stringent measures to provide justice to the victim. Also, we believe that such incidents are leaving “black spots” in the progressive Indian society.


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