Priyanka Rajput, 22, India
Priyanka belonged to a Rajput community in Tripali Badi village of Churu district. Her parents arranged a marriage with an Ahmedabad-based man, but Priyanka refused the proposal because she was already in love with Suraj Kumar of Jhunjhunu district, a Jat community. Against her parents’ wishes, Priyanka ran away with Suraj. The young lovers eloped, they were married in Arya Samaj temple in June 2010 against their families wishes and moved to Jaipur to start a life together.
Priyanka was taken from her new home in Jaipur. “On Sep 24th, parents of Priyanka came here at my residence when I was not in my house and forcibly took my wife to their village.,” Suraj explained.
While being detained by her mother and father, Priyanka had a heated argument with her parents. Angry by the refused marriage proposal and dishonored by what they called the “love affair”, Priyanka’s mother, Santosh Kanwar, father, Bhawani Singh Rathore, and uncle, Prithvi Singh, strangled the her and hurriedly cremated her body on the 10th of October 2010.
“We suspect that the father and mother of Priyanka Rajput killed her due to a love affair with a boy of a different community. It seems to be a case of honour killing,” said a police official. Santosh Kanwar, Bhawani Singh Rathore, and Prithvi Singh were arrested soon after the honour killing.
Love is like your breathing,
that sustains life.
Love is like your faith,
when all arrows point to doubt.
To stand together in love,
against a world that does not want you to love,
To fight for love,
in the world that is taking it away from you,
is strongest yet.
In this brief life that you lived, you won. Because you fought for the only thing worth fighting for.