Married youth ends life after panchayat orders him to ‘drink urine’ of girl

Srinagar: A married youth identified as Fazal Hussain committed suicide after he was allegedly ordered by the village panchayat to drink the urine of a girl with whom he was alleged of having a illicit relationship.

Hussain, a resident of Targain village of Rajouri district, in an audio message, which recorded before committing suicide, denied the allegations, including rape and demanded a proper police investigation.

The 25-year old committed suicide by jumping into Samsar lake in the Pir Panjal mountains.

According to the audio message, which has gone viral on the social media, the deceased youth has alleged that he along with his family was being harassed by the girl’s father, Mohammad Rafiq, and his relatives by holding a panchayat at their home, which was also attended by two moulvis (priests) of Tagain and Dandote villages, reported tribune India.

“The family levelled allegations against me for having an illicit relationship with their daughter. To authenticate their allegations, the family organised a panchayat. I insisted that they bring the girl before the panchayat but they refused. Finally, the panchayat ordered to settle the matter either by giving money to the girl’s family or by drinking her urine before the panchayat members,” Fazal said in the audio message.

The police said that the body has been fished out and an investigation has been started.

“The body of the youth was fished out of the lake on Sunday. After legal formalities and a post-mortem, the body was handed over to the family on Monday,” said Jahangir Ahmed, Station House Officer, Budhal police station. Senior Superintendent of Police, Rajouri, Yougal Manhas, while talking to reporters on Monday, said the police had taken cognisance of the incident and started investigation.

Hussain refused to pay the money and added that drinking urine was humiliating for a Muslim.

“To drink the girl’s urine before the panchayat was more humiliating for a real Muslim who recites the name of Allah and offers Namaz. So instead of succumbing to the panchayat’s decision, I decide to end my life,” Fazal said in the audio message.

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