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Inter-religious couple slits each other’s throat near Taj Mahal Thursday, 16 July 2015

Agra: In an unexpected and shocked incident on Wednesday afternoon, as a Muslim girl and a Hindu boy slashed each other’s throats with blades when they were out at the Taj Nature Walk, the monument of love.

The visitors and onlookers at the monument of love were stunned. The staff of the divisional forest office hurried the couple to the SN Medical College hospital, where they are believed to be critical condition.

Shabnam Ali from Karbala in Agra and Rajveer Singh, 25, a resident of Dehradun, were upset when their respective families refused to give a positive response their relationship, reported TOI.

Additional city magistrate MP Singh when reached the hospital to record the statement of the lovers, Rajveer said that they had to take the drastic step in utter frustration.

“Both Shabnam and I tried hard to convince our parents that they should allow us to get married, but the boundaries of religion remained the biggest hurdle,” Rajveer told the magistrate. “We did this after failing at all possible ways to be together. We couldn’t get our respective parents to meet each other, even getting spiritual leaders and relatives to intervene didn’t help.”

It was after guards in the Taj’s surrounding area saw the young couple lying in a pool of blood that an alarm went off and the couples were rushed to hospital in an official’s car.

The girl, in light blue jeans and a dark blue top was still holding her lover’s hand when they were taken inside the operation theater. Singh, himself struggling with the pain, tried to pacify her, doctors said, fearing for the worst.

When the news reached the girl’s parents in the evening, they rushed to the hospital and told the doctors that willing to get the two married, “just that Singh is unemployed”, a hearsay Rajveer rubbished.

The police had lodged a FIR of attempt to murder against the two.