Girl’s mother instigated family to kill: Police

It was Nidhi’s mother,Reeta Devi,who allegedly asked her family members to kill her daughter and boyfriend Dharmender

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: March 14, 2014 3:42 pm

It was Nidhi’s mother,Reeta Devi,who allegedly asked her family members to kill her daughter and boyfriend Dharmender for “bringing a bad name to the family by eloping with a boy from the same caste and village”. Reeta Devi reportedly admitted to this during questioning by the police after her arrest on Thursday. She was sent to judicial custody while the four others arrested in the case were remanded to police custody for five days.

Both Nidhi and Dharmender were brutally killed,allegedly by Nidhi’s family,in a case of “honour killing” in village Gharnavati in Kalanaur,Rohtak district of Haryana on Wednesday evening.

The police has arrested Nidhi’s father Narender aka Billu,mother Reeta Devi,uncle Ravinder,brother Sunny and one of their employees Mahesh on charges of killing the couple.

Giving details of the interrogation,a senior Rohtak district police officer said,“Both are Jat families and staunch followers of ‘same gotra and same caste’ norms as practised in the state. Since the girl and boy belonged to same gotra,according to their families they were not allowed to enter into any relationship other than that of brother and sister. Also,they belong to same village which further bars them from marriage. They defied these customs and eloped on Tuesday. When Nidhi’s family got to know of this,they persuaded the couple to return to the village. When the couple returned,they were made to pay for their ‘mistake’. Nidhi’s mother was the first to assault her and the rest followed.”

According to the villagers,both Nidhi and Dharmender were having an affair for the last five years. Their families had entered into arguments several times before and even a month back Nidhi’s father had warned Dharmender’s parents. But Dharmender did not listen to his parents and continued to meet Nidhi. Finally on Tuesday they both left their homes as part of a pre-planned strategy and eloped.

“We had given an application in the court seeking custody of three accused,including girl’s father Billu,in this case. We wanted the accused’s custody to verify who all were involved. The court has sent the accused to five days police custody for interrogation and recovery of the weapons and vehicle used in the crime,” said Rohtak ASP,Rajesh Duggal.

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