Father of Karnataka Murder Accused Apologizes, Regards Victim as 'Like My Daughter'

Neha Hiremath, a 23-year-old MCA student, was fatally stabbed by her former classmate Fayaz Khondunaik on her college campus. The shocking murder has sparked outrage and protests across Karnataka, with political parties accusing each other of negligence and a 'love jihad' angle.

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Fayaz Arrested for Fatal Stabbing of Ex-Classmate Neha at BVB College in Hubballi

Father of Karnataka Murder Accused Apologizes, Regards Victim as 'Like My Daughter'

Fayaz Khondunaik, a former classmate of Neha Hiremath, was arrested for fatally stabbing the 23-year-old first-year MCA student on the campus of BVB College in Hubballi, Karnataka. Neha, the daughter of Congress Councillor Niranjan Hiremath, was attacked by Fayaz, who allegedly stabbed her multiple times before fleeing the scene. CCTV footage captured the brutal incident.

Neha's father has alleged that the murder was due to Fayaz's rejected marriage proposal, stating that Neha and Fayaz were just friends and that she had warned him to stop his advances after rejecting his proposals. However, Fayaz's mother, Mumtaz, claimed that the two were in a consensual relationship, which she knew about since last year. During police questioning, Fayaz maintained that he was in a relationship with Neha but that she had been avoiding him recently.

Why this matters: The shocking murder case of a young woman by her former classmate on a college campus has triggered widespread outrage and protests across Karnataka. The incident has also ignited a political slugfest, with the opposition BJP accusing the ruling Congress government of being soft on crime and suggesting a 'love jihad' angle in the case.

The incident sparked public outrage, with protests erupting in Hubballi, Dharwad, and other places. Two men, Sadiq and Adil from Dharwad, were arrested for posting content on social media justifying Fayaz's actions and claiming that Neha and Fayaz were in a relationship, using captions like 'Justice For Love' and 'Justice For True Love'. Some journalists also attempted to propagate the idea of a prior relationship between the victim and the accused.

Fayaz's parents, Baba Saheb Subani and Mamtaz, both school teachers, have apologized to Neha's family and demanded strict punishment for their son. "Fayaz should be punished in a way that deters others from committing such acts," said Subani, expressing shame over his son's actions. Neha's family has been demanding that Fayaz be hanged to death for the crime.

The BJP has called for statewide protests, with Karnataka BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel claiming that the incident appears to be a case of 'love jihad'.

Key Takeaways

  • Neha Hiremath, a 23-year-old MCA student, was fatally stabbed by her former classmate Fayaz Khondunaik.
  • Fayaz allegedly stabbed Neha multiple times on the college campus, with CCTV footage capturing the incident.
  • Neha's father claimed the murder was due to Fayaz's rejected marriage proposal, while Fayaz's mother said they were in a relationship.
  • The case sparked public outrage and protests, with the BJP accusing the Congress government of being soft on crime.
  • Fayaz's parents apologized and demanded strict punishment for their son, while Neha's family demanded the death penalty.