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Honour killings continue in Mumbai

From Priyanka Joshi

IMumbai—Here's another case of a love story gone awry. Amol Javde (22) was found hanging from the branch of a tree around 12 pm near Anushakti Nagar in Trombay. However, his family alleges that his girlfriend's family, who opposed the relationship because they belonged to different castes, murdered him.

The boy's family told The Daily Mail that Amol who was a second-year commerce student at Ambedkar College, Matunga was in a relationship with Nikita Kale (17), (name changed) for more than a year.

Gautam Javde, Amol's father, a BEST driver by occupation, said, "The girl stays in Suman Nagar area of Chembur, where my brother used to stay. My son used to visit his place often and that is when they started meeting one another and eventually fell in love. However, the girl's family was opposed to the relationship because we are Buddhist Dalits and they belong to the Cobbler community."

Gautam also added that his son and the girl were very much in love and had fled from their homes in December 2009. However, the girl's family filed a kidnapping complaint against Amol at the Chembur police station. Later, he was let off on bail. "My son also faced threats from the girl's uncle," alleged Gautam.

According to Javde's neighbours, the girl often visited Javde's area dressed in a burqa. On July 19, they eloped again. Both the families filed missing complaints at respective police stations.

Amol's mother Nanda said the girl called her father on Monday morning, while he was driving. She told him that they wanted to get married but wanted the blessings of her family. The girl's father asked her to return home. According to investigating officials, Amol's body was found when the police was out on their night patrol. They found the body and took him to Shatabdi Hospital at 2.30 am. During a check of the body, the police found a chit of paper in Amol's pocket, which contained the phone number of his sister. The police called her up, who told them that she was in their village and to call up her father. Amol's father reached the hospital in a state of shock and despair.

However, Amol's father believes that his son did not commit suicide and foul play was at hand. He told The Daily Mail that when he saw the pictures taken at the scene of the crime, he noticed that Amol's legs were touching the ground, which was suspicious.

"I noticed that his clothes were smeared with blood and that his nose also showed some dried blood." He also added that his son was found hanging by means of a plastic rope.

Khandagle, said, "We are investigating the matter. If we find anything suspicious, we will register a murder case." He also added that the girl who had eloped with Amol was found at her home and her statement would be recorded soon. The boy's father has filed a complaint against the girl's uncle, aunt and brother last night.

Though the police have lodged the complaint, they are yet to register a murder case. After repeated attempts the girl's family was unavailable for comment.

Amol's father was called to identify the body at 2.30 am at Shatabdi Hospital. Trombay police are awaiting the results of the postmortem.

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