Manoj-Babli honor killing case: This mother challenged dreaded khap; here are chilling details
Chandigarh: Manoj and Babli, the newly-wed couple, were murdered by the girl's family in 2007. The couple eloped from Karoda village in Kaithal district of Haryana. Babli's family members were influential people and enjoyed backing of the Khap panchayat. But Manoj's mother Chandepati stood against all the odds and waged a legal battle to get justice for her son and daughter-in-law. As a result, in March 2010, a Karnal district court awarded death penalty to the five perpetrators, the first time an Indian court had done so in an honour killing case.
The Khap leader, who ordered and orchestrated the killings but did not take part in the killings, was awarded a life sentence. The drive involved in the abduction got seven-year prison term.
Villagers threatened Manoj's mother Chanderpati to eliminate her with her two daughters and son. But, undaunted, she continued with her fight to get justice.
Manoj had lost his father at an early age and developed a deep bonding with mother.
Manoj, after eloping with Babli, kept his mother and sister informed about their well-being. Girl's family was not informed as they could cause serious danger to the life of Manoj and Babli. The couple called their family and informed that they had married on April 7 and also sent their marriage ceremony photographs.
Babli's family lodged an FIR with the Kaithal police after the couple eloped. Babli's family accused Manoj and his family of kidnapping their daughter.
On May 31, 2007 Manoj and Babli approached court and sought protection. They furnished their age proof certificate and testified in the court that they had married on their own will.
In the month of June, Babli called his mother-in-law and informed her that they were being chased on way to Chandigarh. She further told her that they were made to de-board the bus by police after Babli saw two of her relatives in the bus. She was scared and nobody heard about the couple after that.
Manoj family lodged a complaint. But nothing happened.
Family members of Manoj made enquires on their own. A contractor told them that the couple was made to de-board the bus. They were beaten and then taken away in a Scorpio.
Despite narrating all the information to the police, no action was taken.
On June 23, two mutilated bodies were found from Barwala branch canal in Hissar.
Investigations were carried out which revealed shocking details. The couple was first asked to accept each other as brother and sister.
When they refused, they were forcefully fed with pesticides. Manoj resisted, so he was strangled to death. After the murder, the bodies were thrown in the canal.
After the arrest of the driver of the Scorpio, all other culprits were arrested.
Image: Manoj and Babli (left), Manoj’s mother (right)
Manoj and Babli, the newly-wed couple, were murdered by the girl\'s family in 2007.