Babli and Manoj


Babli (F) and Manoj (M) (India)
June 15, 2007.

This is the story of Manoj and Babli, but could well be the story of the many couples in Haryana who have lost their lives for the sake of `honour' - family honour or community honour. In this case it is Jat honour, at Karoda village in Kaithal district.The duo who were in their early twenties eloped on April 6 as village elders would not allow them to marry because both belonged to the Banwala gotra. Marrying a person of the same gotra is taboo in most parts of Haryana.

On the run, they were forcibly taken out of a bus near village Rampur-Rodan by certain relatives of Babli, and on June 23 their bodies were recovered by Kheri Chowki police from Barwala Link Canal. After postmortem, the bodies were cremated as unclaimed.