Parents kill daughter for marrying outside caste

New Delhi: In an almost classic case-study of an honour-killing, a Hindu family thought it better to strangle their lovely 21-year-old college going daughter for “dishonouring” them by marrying outside their caste, than to have to live with her and her choice for the rest of their lives. 

Bhawna, a third-year student of Sri Venkateswara College, married Abhishek Seth, 24, a contractual assistant programmer at Rashtrapati Bhawan, whom she had met at a party two years ago. The marriage took place at Arya Samaj Mandir in Connaught Place on November 12. But only three days later, Jagmohan and Savitri Yadav- Bhawna’s parents, residents of southwest Delhi’s Dwarka, strangled her on November 15. They secretly murdered and then cremated their daughter’s body and almost got away with it. 

DCP (southwest) Suman Goyal said, the girl’s parents eventually confessed to the crime after hours of interrogation.

Bhawna’s parents, who disapproved of the relationship, had fixed her engagement to a man from their caste on November 22. But Bhawna and Abhisek “decided to marry, hoping her parents would come around,” said a friend of the couple.

“We went to Abhishek’s house after the wedding and his father told us Bhawna’s parents must be informed. They came and promised to honour the marriage. They took Bhawna away, saying they’d keep her home for a few days and promised to host a grand wedding,” said Vishal, another friend.

Hindustan Times reports that when she reached her house in Bharat Vihar, Bhawna was allegedly beaten for dishonouring her family and ordered to divorce Abhishek. Unable to change Bhawna's mind, her parents strangled her, police said.

After the crime, the Yadavs left by cab for Alwar, Rajasthan, taking the body with them. They told neighbours Bhawna had been bitten by a snake and that they were taking her to an Ayurvedic practitioner in their native village. “When they reached the village, they told their relatives she’d died on the way. They cremated her and returned to the city,” a police officer said.

Abhishek filed a police complaint on November 16 after failing to get through to her. “Finally, one of her cousins told me she had been cremated,” he said.

The Yadavs told the police, Bhawna had died of a snake bite. “But we interrogated them separately and when they gave contradictory versions, we knew they were hiding something. After hours of questioning, they confessed to the murder,” the officer said.

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