Sus­pected hon­our killings in In­dia

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FIVE young peo­ple in north­ern In­dia are be­lieved to have been mur­dered by their fam­i­lies or part­ner’s rel­a­tives in sus­pected hon­our killings, in three sep­a­rate in­ci­dents last week, po­lice said on July 23.

Po­lice ar­rested the fa­ther and brother of a 19-year-old Hindu woman on sus­pi­cion of mur­der­ing her and her 23-year-old lover, both from the low­est Dalit caste.

The rel­a­tives al­legedly stran­gled

the cou­ple af­ter catch­ing them hav­ing sex at their home in Shamli dis­trict in Ut­tar Pradesh state.

“We have ar­rested the fa­ther and brother of the girl. They told us they killed them be­cause she had brought dis­re­pute to the fam­ily,” said Bhushan Verma, in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer in Shamli.

“We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing to see if there were more rel­a­tives in­volved. Both were stran­gled to death.”

It came af­ter another Hindu cou­ple in their 20s were found dead in nearby Sa­ha­ran­pur dis­trict on July 21.

Po­lice have not ruled out sui­cide af­ter the cou­ple were found hang­ing in­side the man’s house.

“It could be hon­our killing or sui­cide. We are wait­ing for the post-mortem re­ports,” said Pradeep Ku­mar Ya­dav, po­lice chief of Sa­ha­ran­pur. –

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