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Muslim Couple Beaten to Death in Uttar Pradesh's Sitapur

The couple's son had eloped with a Hindu woman from the same village, and the police believes her family was responsible for the attack.

New Delhi: A middle-aged Muslim couple, Abbas and Kamrul Nisha, was reportedly beaten to death in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur on Friday (August 18), reportedly in retaliation for the fact that their son had eloped with a Hindu woman a few years ago.

According to The Indian Express, the woman’s family members, who are from the same village as the couple, are suspected to have carried out the attack. The police have arrested the woman’s brother, brother-in-law and a family friend, and are looking for her parents.

“We got information that there was a fight between the two sides and two people died. The police reached the spot and found that a couple aged around 50 years had been killed. Their neighbours told us that another family in the neighbourhood attacked the couple with iron rods. The couple died on the spot. We are getting the post-mortem done. A police force has been deployed in the villag,” Sitapur Superintendent of Police (SP) Chakresh Mishra said.

The interfaith couple, whose location the police has not revealed, is reportedly under protection.

When the couple eloped in 2020, the woman had reportedly been a minor. The man was then booked under charges of kidnapping, rape, and sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. When the woman turned 18, they eloped again, and she gave a statement to the court that she was leaving her family of her own volition, The Indian Express reported.

“The son, 28, of the deceased couple, was booked in 2020 for eloping with a minor girl. The case was lodged after a complaint was received from the girl’s family. He was subsequently arrested and spent 13 months in jail. A few months ago, the girl turned 18 and became an adult and the two again ran away. Another case was lodged and they were found, but this time the girl gave a statement in court in favour of her partner. The man was again arrested around two months ago in connection with a separate case and released on bail just a few days back,” Mishra continued.