A 20-year-old college student Abhishek Malik is arrested by the Haryana Police for the murder of his property dealer father, mother, younger sister, and maternal grandmother at their home in Rohtak on August 27.
Since Abhishek’s sexual orientation got exposed to family, his maternal grandmother was invited to their house to condition the son. There was endless chaos in the family when they came to know Abhishek is gay and he wants to undergo a sex-change operation.
An SIT, comprising a team of police officers — including two DSPs — was formed to crack the case. During the probe, the police accessed footage of the CCTVs installed near the spot. After scanning the footage, the police zeroed in and arrested Abhishek.
Abhishek was in love with a boy, and he wanted money to go for a sex-change operation. His parents and sister were not in favour of this rather they forced him to behave life son of the house. This triggered uncontrollable anger in their son and finally, he killed all the family members one by one.
The boy’s father, Pradeep Malik (45), mother Santosh (40), and grandmother Roshni Devi was found shot dead, while his younger sister Neha (19) was found with gunshot injuries at their home in Rohtak last Friday. Two days after the incident, Neha had succumbed to her injuries during treatment at PGIMS.
A police spokesperson said, “Abhishek was arrested after collecting information regarding his conduct, the tension in the family, and financial reasons.”
Rohtak SP, Rahul Sharma, said, “As per the investigations conducted till now, Abhishek is our main suspect. He does not have any prior criminal record. As of now, it would not be appropriate for me to say if others were involved in the incident as the probe in the case is ongoing.”
Pranam Seth told Afternoon Voice, “I condemn the act of Abhishek but many parents struggle to adjust after learning their child is gay. Whatever happened must be in the rage of anger. I am sure the son must be living in dilemma. A place like Haryana where men mean macho if the family discovers otherwise, they even go for the kill, here happened otherwise.”
Jacky (member of the LGBT community) said, “Parents have the power to protect their kids, their LGBT kids and as well as destroy and disown them. There are all sorts of threatening forces around. When parents are supportive of their LGBT kids those kids have less depression and fewer risk behaviours.”
Navya Singh, a Trans Woman told Afternoon Voice, “In metro cities, parents have adjusted to their LGBT kids, there is huge acceptance but north India it is still a taboo, many such children are killed for honour. In this particular case whatever happened is very cruel and not acceptable. Many parents struggle for years to adjust after learning a child’s sexual orientation, some parents reach to brutality and some parents are subjected to such incidences.”
She further said, “These extreme imbalances need a lot of awareness. Many LGBT communities’ members made their families proud by doing extraordinary in their careers.”