Karan Sharma

January, 2011

AHMEDGARH (SANGRUR): Taking the fight for "honour" to a barbaric high, a 21-year-old boy out on a date with his lover, 18, was burnt alive by the girl's enraged family. Brought to a Ludhiana hospital with 60% burns, the youth, identified as Karan Sharma, was battling for life on Monday.

Things went horribly wrong for Karan, a TV mechanic, when he was caught with the girl at their regular meeting spot. Luck ran out on him as soon as the girl's father, Kuldeep Singh, who first spotted the couple, called up his brother-in-law Jagdev Singh and nephew Karmjit Singh.

The trio then, after beating Karan mercilessly and to the brink of unconsciousness, allegedly doused the unsuspecting lover with petrol before setting him ablaze. Not stopping at that, the group of frenzied attackers locked him up in a room so that he would have no chance whatsoever to make a bid for escape. It was only after hearing Karan's frantic screams for help that neighbours alerted the police and helped reach the victim to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.

Incidentally, unable to bear the shock and sight of what had happened to Karan, the girl's mother suffered a heart attack and is in another hospital where doctors said she would survive.

The police, who said they too were shocked by the sheer medievalism, have now booked Kuldeep, Jagdev and Karmjit and charged them for attempting to murder. Malerkotla DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand said: "We have filed an attempt to murder case on Karan's complaint but no arrest has been made so far as all the accused are missing."

Karan, in love with the girl since his school days, disregarded her family's censure and kept visiting and meeting her frequently. On two occasions before this, he had been warned by Kuldeep but Karan had insisted he would not give up the girl at any cost.

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