Well, technically, the woman on the left of the double picture here, a Miss S. Dhanya, wasn’t killed by the marriage proposal. She was killed by a sickle, which may be that the first appearance of that archaic agricultural implement (and half-a-communist-symbol) in a WeaponsMan.com story.
Of course, sickles don’t kill people, people kill people, and the killer-type people in this case was the man on the right, one Zahir, who sicced the sickle on the victim after she turned down his marriage proposal.
See, she’d already accepted a proposal from another guy. One who didn’t come to the proposal with a sharp sickle and a Plan B comprising mayhem.
A 23-year-old old woman identified as S Dhanya was hacked to death in India on Wednesday after rejecting a marriage proposal from a 27-year-old mill worker.
The murderer was known to the family and had known Dhanya for more than a year and asked for her hand in marriage. According to India’s NDTV, she rejected him because she was engaged to someone else. The woman “was alone at home when Zahir allegedly entered through the rear door of the house and attacked her with a sickle after she refused her [sic] advances. Her parents had gone out for shopping and had locked the front door, police said.”
Following the attack, the alleged killer – identified only as “Zahir” – attempted to commit suicide by ingesting poison. His attempt to kill himself was unsuccessful, and he was taken to the hospital, where he is currently in the intensive care unit. Police are waiting until he is out of ICU before they arrest him, but they have already registered the murder charge.
While some aspects of this homicide seem uniquely Indian, others are more universal. Relationships and rejections are at the core of cases on the whiteboard of the Homicide or Major Crimes squad in every major metro PD in the USA and probably, the world.
But the Indians do think their situation is unique, and there is that aspect to it.
NDTV points out that attacks like these are becoming increasingly frequent. Last month, NDTV reports, “A 24-year-old teacher, N Francina was clubbed to death inside a church.” Before that, “24-year-old Swathi, employed with software giant Infosys, was hacked to death around 6.30 am on June 24 while waiting to board a train at Nungambakkam Railway Station to her workplace on the city outskirts.”
Violent attacks in India on both men and women, but more predominantly on women, have become more frequent in the past year. Breitbart News reported in March, “Brothers in India burned their sister alive after she married a man in a different caste (social class) in the nation’s most recent honor killing.”
You have to wonder just what is ailing in a culture that a guy responds to a “no, thanks,” with a swinging sickle, and a bunch of brothers express their disapproval of their sister’s marital choices by setting Sis ablaze. Not that our culture is in any position to cast Jovian judgmental jolts at the unworthy masses, teeming somewhere east of Suez.