Parents held for 'honour’ killing of 21-year-old Delhi University girl
NEW DELHI: In a horrific case of "honour killing" in the capital, a 21-year-old final year student of Sri Venkateswara, a leading college in Delhi University's south campus, was allegedly murdered by her family because she had married a boy from another caste and region.
The victim, Bhavna, was allegedly strangled by her parents and uncle at their southwest Delhi home after which her body was taken to her hometown, Alwar, and quietly cremated, police said. Her parents — Jagmohan, a property dealer and local Congress party member, and Savitri — have been arrested.
警方称，受害者巴芙娜据说是被她双亲及叔叔在他们德里西南区的家中活活掐死，随后她尸体被运到她家乡阿尔沃悄悄火化。她父母 - 贾格莫汉，一位房产经销商、本地国大党党员以及蕯弗曲已被逮捕。
Bhavna had on November 12 got married at an Arya Samaj temple to Abhishek Seth, 24, an assistant programmer at the Cabinet secretariat. Bhavna was a Yadav from Rajasthan while Abhishek is a Punjabi.
The girl was killed after the family persuaded her to come home, telling the couple that all was forgiven and that they would organize a 'proper' wedding ceremony, police said. Bhavna had come back to her husband after the family allegedly tortured her, but was cajoled into returning home a second time.
The girl's parents were arrested for the murder on the basis of the evidence against them, Tejendra Luthra, joint commissioner of police (southwestern range) told TOI. Police are now looking for Bhavna's maternal uncle, who played a crucial role in the murder, an officer said.
Bhavna lived with her family in D block of Bharat Vihar in southwest Delhi while Abhishek lived in Uttam Nagar, some 5km away. They had met through a common friend two years ago.
巴芙娜与父母一起住在德里西南叫Bharat Vihar地方的D街区，而阿比夏克则生活在Uttam Nagar,大约5千米之外。两年前，他们通过一位共同的朋友相遇。
The couple secretly married on November 12 and then informed Bhavna's family, who refused to accept it and threatened the couple. However, seeing the couple standing firm on their decision, Bhavna's parents sought a truce.
Abhishek told TOI said that Bhavna's father, Jagmohan, pleaded with them not to make the marriage public as it would destroy the family's prestige.
"He told us that they would organize a proper marriage very soon so that they did not feel insulted in their community. After promising not to retract from his words, he took Bhavna away. I agreed, considering that their family prestige was at stake," he said.
However, Bhavna's parents began to torture her after taking her home. It became so unbearable that she ran away on November 14 and told Abhishek about her ordeal. However, her parents yet again landed up at his house, apologized profusely and took her back.
This was when, Abhishek believes, the family decided to kill their daughter. On November 15, Bhavna's maternal uncle, Laakhan, called up Abhishek and threatened to kill both of them. "He was yelling and asking me to stay away from her. He said our marriage meant nothing and if I don't mend my ways, he would shoot us both," Abhishek added.
Soon after this call, Bhavna called him up and apologized for her uncle's behaviour. "She asked Abhishek not to worry, saying her uncle was drunk. Bhavna's mother too spoke to Abhishek and assured him that everything would be fine," Abhishek's friend Vishal said.
However, that night Bhavna was beaten up and strangled. The family then roped in a relative, Mahender, and asked him to get a car. The body was stuffed in a WagonR and taken to Alwar in Rajasthan, the family's hometown. Her last rites were conducted before anybody got to know. A hunt is on to nab Mahender, who helped in the murder.
By the morning of November 16, Abhishek had got worried after Bhavna did not answer his calls or text messages. He called up Laakhan but he feigned ignorance. This was when Bhavna's cousin called him up saying she had died and her body had been cremated.
Abhishek rushed to the police station and an FIR under sections of abduction (365 IPC) was registered. A police team was sent to Alwar. Bhavna's parents told cops that she had died of a snakebite and they had brought the body to the hometown for performing the last rites.
"Our teams put them through sustained interrogation during which they broke down and confessed to have killed her. They were placed under arrest and sent to judicial custody to Tihar jail after being produced before a magistrate," said Suman Goyal, DCP (southwest district).
The cops on Wednesday obtained police custody to interrogate them and gather evidence in the case. The site where Bhavna was cremated will be exhumed and samples sent for DNA testing so that her murder can be proven.
Sources said the cops will have to heavily rely on collecting scientific evidence as the family was careful in not leaving many clues.
"We are relying on circumstantial evidence and are obtaining forensic reports about the site and remains. We have also recovered some clothes. Apart from this, the last seen theory, call records, threats and torture allegations before the death will be our body of evidence," said an officer.
we are being selfish. parents always wants betterment and prosperity of their kids. they sacrifice for their progeny. kids should be generous and thankful to their parents who have helped them realise their dreams in this world. they should take consent of their parents. government can help by making parents consent mandatory for any marriages and courts should be approached for any dispute between parents and their kids related to marriages
i am communal•7661• • manish kumar•Hinduland•
you do realise that you are raising another human being not a robot? also how can consent of children not be considered important when it is about spending your whole life with someone. i wouldn't even give my pet to anyone if it doesn't want to go and here you are talking about your child.
oerkelens oerkelens•939• • manish kumar•
It is people thinking like you, Manish, that are responsible for these deaths. You, and those who agree with you, have the blood of innocent people on your hands. The sheer hypocrisy of saying that parents always want the best! How is killing your own child the best for the child?
Chandra Mouli•524•• manish kumar•Chennai, Tamil Nadu•
You are right, Manish. These romeos think that parents have only duties, not rights. Those who have no 'khandhaniath' rule the roost these days.
You morons praise your sacred "Hindu culture" or "Bhartiya sanskriti" when you go to other countries and call the Goras as cultureless, look this is your culture. And this is by no means an exception. The reason parents resort to killing is because they will face criticism or expulsion from the majority of others. This is the desperation that leads them towards honor killings. So this means that this culture is rather rampant, not exceptional as you Hindu apologists would like to claim. In the more "developed" South, parents may not kill the children, but they will still outcast them or condemn them. This is your culture. And it is barbaric culture compared to the west.
当你们去其它国家时，你们这些蠢货赞美你们神圣的“印度教文化”或 "Bhartiya sanskriti"（印度文化和遗产），还把白人叫做没文化，看看吧，这就是你们的文化。而且这决不是个例外。父母求助于杀戮的理由是因为他们将面对其余大多数人的遣责和排斥。绝望导致他们走向'大誉灭亲'。因此这意味着这个文化颇为狂暴，不象你们印度教辩护者所称道的那么杰出。在较为“发达”的南方，父母也许不会杀死子女，但他们依然会把他们逐出或者加以遣责。这就是你们的文化。比之于西方，这是个野蛮的文化。
Anuj Jain•9858• • Goddy •Bengaluru•
have you any idea about the western culture? there is plenty of outcasting from parents and other relatives that happens in the west as well. this is common human nature.