Ghulam Mohammed, a 65-year-old orchard-keeper, was brutally murdered last week in Bulandshahr. His crime: his nephew ran away with a Hindu woman from the neighbourhood. Now reverse the situation: had Ghulam Mohammed’s niece run away with a Hindu man would he have met with a similar fate? Absolutely not. Communal politics, hatred and othering apart, the issue of revenge and honour killing over a woman is all about the ownership of a woman’s soul and body. The contest really is between the woman’s family and a new, “illegitimate” claimant, who doesn’t have the sanction of the woman’s original owners, primarily her father and her male siblings and then the rest of the extended male family, to get a title transfer done.