PATNA, India - A teenage Indian boy was thrashed, paraded through the streets with his head shaved and then thrown under a train for daring to write a love letter to a girl from a different caste, police said Thursday.
Manish Kumar, 15, was kidnapped by members of the rival caste on his way to school and was killed as his mother begged for mercy, police in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar said.
One man has been arrested and a policeman suspended.
The victim's mother, Lalit Devi, told police she had watched "helplessly" as the wheels of the train passed over her son.
"The accused persons killed the boy for writing a love letter to the girl of the same village," superintendent of police in Kaimur district, Rajesh Kumar, told Reuters by telephone.
Police said the girl belonged to a washerman community, considered a lower caste, whereas the boy came from the slightly higher dairymen Yadav community.
Love across caste lines is often violently opposed, especially in rural northern India, and it is not uncommon for outraged families to kill to "save the family honor."
Patina Hindus, MSNBC 60 Comments
[11/21/2008 10:10:54 PM]
Fundie Index: 6
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But kill a cow... OH FUCK NO YOU DIDN'T!
11/21/2008 10:26:16 PM
Ah, tribalism. Don't you just love it?
11/21/2008 10:32:19 PM
Insane but not fundy.
11/21/2008 10:32:49 PM
What are you talking about, that is completely fundy.
11/21/2008 10:35:49 PM
A good reason why irrationality, whether religion or any other kind, needs to be extinguished
11/21/2008 10:38:33 PM
And these people have nuclear weapons.
11/21/2008 10:39:53 PM
RSTDT, not FSTDT. Still utterly sickening though.
11/21/2008 10:40:26 PM
God, this is sickening. :(
11/21/2008 10:47:42 PM
a mind far far away
I thought this only happened in Muslim and Arab states. I wasn't aware that this was happening in India too. This is pathetic and sick.
11/21/2008 10:48:32 PM
So the poorer family killed the richer family's son for liking their daughter? In America, the poorer family would be saying "JACKPOT!!"
11/21/2008 11:02:31 PM
What a bunch of sick fucks.
11/21/2008 11:03:42 PM
So much for civility.
11/21/2008 11:11:00 PM
11/21/2008 11:14:13 PM
This makes one want to throw up.
11/21/2008 11:16:24 PM
No, this is very much fundie, because the caste system in India is religiously backed.
11/21/2008 11:26:43 PM
Not fundamentalist - the caste system has only tenuous connections to religion.
11/21/2008 11:30:25 PM
Not so much fundy as primitive and tribal.
11/21/2008 11:37:02 PM
Can't say anithing about this, as it is basicaly another world... It's up tu hindues to decide how they react in front of this behavior
11/21/2008 11:44:59 PM
You can be a fundamentalist of any religion, not just Christianity.
11/21/2008 11:47:27 PM
Fuck the caste system. Can someone please explain why Indians feel the need to put themselves into a hierachy?
11/21/2008 11:54:55 PM
Goddammit, this infuriates me. Those people are not human.
11/21/2008 11:59:31 PM
What. The. Fuck.
This is really ironic, seeing as how I was seeing ads for a matchmaking service catering to Indians a second ago that said you could find someone within your caste. I was wondering how important a 'caste' was for em. Apparently to the point of massive stupidity.
11/22/2008 12:04:48 AM
You know, the ironic thing is that in a society where dowries and arranged marriages still exist you'd think they'd be HAPPY that the wealthier boy fell in love with the poorer girl, instead of wanting to kill him. Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with these people?
11/22/2008 12:17:18 AM
This is still pretty fucking fundy.
Stop your "not fundie!" cry-babying.
11/22/2008 12:22:58 AM
Yeah, seriously. I mean, the whole caste system is likely rooted in the varna system that shows up in old Hindu scriptures. It's definitely got fundie roots at the very least, if not a full-blown case of fundie thinking.
11/22/2008 12:32:01 AM
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