Cousins die in alleged honour killing
Two cousin sisters were killed and their bodies hung from a tree, allegedly by their family members in Bihar, in what police believe to be another case of so-called “honour killing”. The police are conducting raids to nab the absconding family members.
Local villagers on Sunday were terrified when they found the bodies of the girls hanging from a tree in a mango orchard in Mahwal village, Muzaffarpur district, and called the police. However, before officers could reach the spot, the accused persons cremated the bodies and fled.
“Villagers told us that there was no ligation marks around the neck of the victims. Also, the tongue of the deceased did not come out, which normally happens when someone is hanged or commit[s] suicide. This gives rise to suspicion that the girls were killed somewhere [else] and then hanged to show it was a suicide,” a senior police official, Krishna Murari Prasad, said yesterday.
Reports said both girls were studying at a nearby government high school and reportedly had romantic relationships, which may have lead to the harsh act.