After two o’clock in the morning, NEIGHBORS woke up in Bawan Kheri, a village in Uttar Pradesh in northern India, calling for a woman to call for help. They walked out of the house sleepily and found a terrible mass murder scene. Lateef Ullah Khan was one of the first two-story buildings to reach the family on April 15, 2008, and found that a villager in Sabanaan was lying unconsciously on her father Chekat Ali (Shaukat Ali) on the neck. Court documents show that the remains of two brothers in Sabana, her mother, sister and 14-year-old nephew were almost beheaded. Her little nephew was later strangled to death, looking like he was sleeping between his parents. CNN This terrible story.
The case was immediately covered up. Not only did Chabnam kill seven of her family members, including a ten-month-old child, but she was also eight weeks pregnant at the time. Shabnam and her lover Saleem were convicted of murder and sentenced to hanging. If she were executed, like Saleem, Shabnam, whose name was mentioned only in court documents, would be the first woman sentenced to death in India after 1955.
However, before the execution of the sentence, Shabnam’s lawyer tried to stop the sentence and claimed that she was also a victim. Lawyer Shreya Rastogi (Shreya Rastogi) said her client was a victim of a patriarchal society. In addition to the person who died that night, the crime of the loving couple also resulted in another victim-their son Bittu, whom Shabnam kept in jail before he had to abandon him. Today, 12-year-old Bittu called on Indian President Rama Nath Kovinda to show mercy to his mother.
Shabnam and Saleem are young lovers living in the same village, but their family does not agree with their relationship. Shabnam, who was only 22 years old at the time of the killing, was a well-educated teacher in the Saif caste community. Saleem, then 24, was an unemployed member of the Pathan community. Although Indian castes are often associated with Hindu communities, a similar social hierarchy exists among Muslim families based on the historical occupation of Muslim families or a part of the Arab world that originated. Families often put pressure on children to get married in their own community. Otherwise, it may lead to violent behavior. In extreme cases, if relatives are killed for embarrassing the family, it will lead to honour killings.
Before the killing, Lal Mohammad, father of Shabnam’s murdered sister Anjum, informed the police of her close relationship. Mohammad said in the 2008 trial: “Shabnam is going in the wrong direction. She wants to marry Saleem, and the atmosphere at home is very tense.”
A colleague from Nishaay Tyagi’s school testified that Shabunan told him that she wanted to marry Salem, but the family objected. Shabnam’s cousin Sukkhan Ali told the court that Saleem often came to her house. Ali said that his father didn’t like it and beat her. But the family did not know that Sabana was pregnant with Saleem.
SAA District Court Judge Husaini pointed out in the verdict that locals refer to their unborn children and cannot accept “harassment” (illegal) behavior. However, the judge said the couple had other options to escape from the conservative community of Bawan Kheri without having to kill seven people. It is unclear whether Shabnam knew he was eight weeks pregnant at the time of the murder.
The prosecutor said she knew that this contributed to the murder to a certain extent. They claim that Chabnam killed her family, so she will be the sole heir to their property and will be able to live a comfortable life with Salim and their newborn. Her lawyer, Rastogi, said the prosecution has yet to prove this theory. Her defense claimed that after Shabnam was arrested, information about pregnancy was discovered during routine medical examinations.
The massacre began with a cup of tea. The court found that on April 14, 2008, Shabnam inserted a tranquilizer into his family’s drink, and Saleem purchased the tranquilizer with the help of a fruit vendor. While the family was sleeping, Shabnan called Salim, who carried his axe with him.
Salem admitted: “Sabanan raised the heads of every member of the family, I cut their throats and killed them.” With the murder of tea police officer Bilal Ahmad (Bilal Ahmad). In two days, Salim admitted this. The court found that Salim hoped that Ahmed’s contacts would help him avoid punishment.
Instead, Ahmed conveyed Salim’s confession to the police and told the court what Salim had told him: “I was wrong. I fell in love with Shabunan, a girl in my village, and she loved me too. We vowed to live and die together. We cannot live without each other. This is why her family beat her and said they would not let her marry me.”
Other witnesses said they saw Salim in the pharmacy the day before the murder, but the pharmacist refused to sell his tranquilizer. Usually in India, strong sleeping pills can only be obtained with a doctor’s prescription. Salem then asked for help from the fruit vendor, who bought him medicine. On the second day after the massacre, Salim confessed the crime to the village administrator Mahender Singh and demanded that his political relationship with him rescue him from prison.
After the police arrested him, Salim drew a bloody axe from the pond to match the weapon used in the murder. Judging by court documents, Shabnam brought empty packets of pills with him, which put his family to sleep. Shabnam initially claimed that some robbers entered their homes and constituted a crime, but the police rejected this theory, saying that they could not enter the house in this way.
Forensic scientist Manveer Singh confirmed that the iron front door was locked from the inside, and there was no fingerprints or other evidence of the presence of an unidentified attacker. When the neighbor Khan entered the house, she found that Shabnam was unconscious. However, the Supreme Court stated in its 2015 ruling that Sabana “pretended to faint and lay next to his father’s mutilated body, quietly implying that the crime was committed by someone outside the family.”
Although Shabnam and Saleem allegedly committed the murder so that they could be together, they opposed each other in the trial. Shabnan said that Salim himself killed all the victims. Salim said that Chabnam drank alcohol and called him after killing his family, asking him to get rid of the evidence.