Towards the end of last month, 21-year-old Kashish Parmar’s body was found in a gunny sack lying in a drain in Bhopal’s Khajuri area. As per her maternal uncle, Kashish had gone out to meet Akhtar Ali (33) who brutally murdered her. Ali hit her with a stick, stabbed her, and then packed the dead body in a sack and flung it in a sewer near his house.
Five days after the murder, Khajuri Sadak police arrested Akhtar Ali and recovered the sharp-edged weapon used in the murder. The accused confessed he escaped to Uttar Pradesh and kept his scooter and other belongings in Uttar Pradesh and then returned to Bhopal.
After the murder, Akhtar called Kashish’s uncle and told them that he had killed his niece. He added that the body has been thrown in a drain and challenged them to find it!
Kashish’s uncle said that her mother had married twice and so Kashish was staying with him. Her brother and elder sister too were living separately. It is reported that Kashish was having a ‘love affair’ for the past three years with the accused – so she would probably have been a minor when this relationship started with a man 12 years her elder, a textbook case of grooming.
Sources say her well-wishers had warned her about the risks in the relationship with a Muslim man, but she paid no heed. Inspector Sandhya Mishra of Khajuri police station said that the accused was living alone in Bhopal and had a private job at an oil depot. Police searched Akhtar’s house located close to the spot where the body was discovered and found bloodstains and a blood-stained stick.
Some news outlets have reported Kashish’s surname as Jaiswal, others as Parihar.
This tragic case becomes yet another in a pattern of crimes where Muslim men lure Hindu girls and women into relationships, often using false Hindu identities, before the women meet a brutal and gory end.
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