Suspected honour killings in India
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. –