Allahabad HC Denies Bail to Man Accused of Beheading Woman as She Refused to Convert to Islam After Marriage

In a recent case, the Allahabad High Court has denied bail to Shoeb Akhtar, who is accused of murdering a woman for refusing to convert to Islam after her marriage.

The case involves the brutal killing of a young woman, identified as Priya, whose decapitated body was found in a drain in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh in 2020. According to the prosecution, Priya was being pressured by the accused, Shoeb Akhtar and his co-accused Ajaj Ahmad, to convert to Islam after her marriage. When she refused, the two men allegedly murdered her. 

In its order, the High Court bench of Justice Sanjay Kumar Singh noted the “gravity of the offence” and the “role assigned to the accused-applicant” in the case. The court also observed that the co-accused Ajaj Ahmad had obtained bail by concealing the previous order denying bail to Shoeb Akhtar.

The court rejected Shoeb Akhtar’s bail application, stating that it did not find any “good ground to release the applicant on bail.” The court directed the trial court to expedite the proceedings and ensure the presence of all remaining prosecution witnesses. 

Saurabh Pandey appeared as the counsel for the accused Shoeb Akhtar, while the state was represented by the Additional Government Advocate. The case is registered under Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code at the Chopan Police Station in Sonbhadra district. 

This case highlights the issue of religious intolerance and the tragic consequences it can have. The Allahabad High Court’s decision to deny bail to the accused underscores the seriousness of the crime and the importance of ensuring justice for the victim and her family.

Neutral Citation No. – 2024:AHC:111846 

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