December 6, 2002
Young Lovers Ignore Indian Caste System: Hanged By Parents
Police in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh arrested seven people for lynching two young lovers who came from different castes. The caste system is rigidly observed in India. The parents of the teenagers were among those arrested. The brutal deaths highlight the dangers of human ignorance and superstition, which support the caste system in India.
The couple, Vishal (19) and Sonu (18), were hanged one after the other from a rooftop in their home village. Their only crime was to fall in love in violation of a pointless custom.