“Photographer Ankit Saxena chased, throat slit: How interfaith love ended in a brutal murder on Delhi road”, Times Of India, January 8, 2024:
“Before his throat was slit by his girlfriend Shehzadi’s family, photographer Ankit Saxena (23) had whispered to his friend to take the 19-year-old woman to the nearest police station.On February 1, 2018, Ankit’s throat was slit near his house at Raghubir Nagar in west Delhi by Shehzadi’s family. Ankit and Shehzadi were in a cross-faith relationship, which their families were opposed to. At one point, Shehzadi told her family that she had stopped meeting Ankit.
But on the fateful day, “the woman’s juvenile brother saw the message on her phone and realised that she had been lying when she had claimed to have stopped talking to Saxena a year ago. The family confronted the woman and she left the house in a huff,” a police officer said.Before Ankit was attacked by her family, he had repeatedly refused to tell them where Shehzadi was. She was at Tagore Garden metro station, and not with Ankit. Fearing that she too may be attacked, Ankit told his friend Nitin to take Shehzadi to a police station.
Shehzadi’s father Akbar Ali and her minor brother were watching a cricket match on TV that day when she locked the house from outside and fled. Her family raised the alarm and neighbours unlocked the door for them. Akbar was joined by his brother-in-law, Salim, who has also been convicted in the case.The family, suspecting that Shehzadi had gone to Ankit’s house would elope, took a butcher’s knife and set off to catch them…..”
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