In a terrifying incident on Tuesday, a 21-year-old teacher was killed in broad daylight when her stalker stabbed her as many as 22 times on a busy road in front of onlookers in north Delhi's Burari area.
The murder was caught on CCTV and the victim was identified as Karuna Kumar, a teacher at Novel Riches School. The attacker was identified as 34-year-old Surender Singh, who was stalking Karuna for the past year-and-a-half.
Surender attacked Karuna with a pair of scissors as she was on her way to work with her cousin Neha, near Labour Chowk in Burari.
The 21-year-old was stabbed some 22 times, after which the attacker was subdued by the onlookers, who beat him up. He was later arrested by the authorities.
Preliminary reports suggest that Surender Singh, who also goes by Aditya Malik, is the son of a retired police officer, who stalked Karuna after she refused to marry him.
Police investigation revealed that Karuna met Surender in his computer training classes in 2012 where they fell in love. Karuna's aunt revealed that Surender had asked the 21-year-old to marry him while she resisted. The girl's family asked her to discontinue the classes after which Surender started harassing her and threatening her with morphed pictures of herself on Whatsapp.
Karuna soon threatened to approach the police, after which Surender left her alone.
In May 2016, Surender attacked Karuna with a beer bottle near the GTB Nagar metro station, after he saw a picture of her with his friend. He threatened to kill her, but Karuna managed to escape. When the matter reached the police, Surender's relatives intervened and worked out a compromise.
The mother of the victim, Rama, revealed that the accused had continued to stalk her and pass indecent comments at her. He would also secretly click pictures of Karuna and circulate them amongst his friends. "He even threatened to kill her once, but since Singh's family requested us, we did not report the incident."
According to her mother, Karuna was a bright young girl who was very keen on her career. She continued her job, despite the constant threat and fear she lived in.
Karuna's uncle Vinay revealed that she used to support her two younger brothers, Manish and Himanshu, who are studying. "My brother Naresh has a shop in Sant Nagar where he sells bags. He makes around Rs 8,000-Rs 10,000. Since Karuna finished her BA through a correspondence course and got a job, she had been helping her father. Even though she earned Rs 5,000, she would help her brothers," he said.
The victim's brother Manish demanded stringent punishment for the accused.
With inputs from agencies