Cousins die in al­leged hon­our killing

Gulf News - - India -

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.

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