HYDERABAD: Even before the gruesome images of the sensational Miryalaguda ‘honour’ killing case could fade out of public memory, a fresh attack of similar nature shocked Hyderabad on Wednesday. Armed with a machete, a man mercilessly attacked his newly-wed daughter and her husband in full public view in the busy Erragadda area. Sources say the attacker could have been ‘inspired’ by the Miryalaguda incident.
The couple Madhavi and Sandeep got married just seven days ago. Now, Madhavi is battling for life while Sandeep escaped with injuries. The attack happened at around 3.30 pm near a motorcycle showroom in Erragadda. Madhavi’s father Manohar Chary had called them there under the pretext of buying them new clothes. CCTV visuals show the couple waiting in the area. Manohar arrives at the spot, pulls out a machete from his sling bag and attacks Sandeep.
Sandeep manages to run away but Madhavi, who was still sitting on the bike falls down and so does Manohar. He then gets up and attacks his daughter on the head and face using the weapon and flees from the spot, dodging a security guard who tries to nab him. All of this happened within a minute. Probably caught by surprise, none of the onlookers came forward immediately to help the girl who was writhing in pain.
After some delay and hesitance, a few passersby gathered courage to rush her to the hospital. Doctors say the attack has left a deep wound from the head till her eye, severing blood vessels. There was a deep gash on her left hand too, and she had lost a lot of blood by the time she reached the hospital.Sandeep managed to get away with just a wound on his face. Manohar, meanwhile, reportedly walked to SR Nagar police station and surrendered.
Sandeep and Madhavi fell in love five years ago. While she came from a Vishwabrahmin family, her husband was Dalit. They met while appearing for Class-X Board examination. The couple tied the knot on September 12 at a temple in Hyderabad.Since then, they held two meetings with the girl’s parents, but both ended in a bitter note. Madhavi’s mother even claimed she had ‘disowned’ her daughter.
Chary claims caste wasn’t his reason
Manohar told police that he attacked his daughter Madhavi for two reasons. First, she had married without informing him, and second, she refused to come home when he asked her to. West zone DCP AR Srinivas said Chary had told them during interrogation that his son-in-law’s caste was not the reason behind his attack and he did not have any problems with inter caste marriages. “Manohar has been drinking for the past five days. His blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was recorded at 357 BAC at 7 pm on Wednesday,” he added.