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Mom,brother strangle woman who wanted to marry out of caste: Police

A 26-year-old primary schoolteacher of Kanjhawala,Outer Delhi,was strangled to death allegedly by her mother,brother and uncle after she expressed her wish to marry a man from another caste.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
June 29, 2012 1:14:45 am

A 26-year-old primary schoolteacher of Kanjhawala,Outer Delhi,was strangled to death allegedly by her mother,brother and uncle after she expressed her wish to marry a man from another caste.

Police claimed that Deepti Chikara was married off a couple of months ago against her wishes to a man chosen by her family,but she returned home from her in-laws within a month.

The family was angry about it and on April 19 night her mother,brother and an uncle strangled her and dumped her body in Roorkee,police said.

The incident came to light when police began investigating,following an email from her boyfriend to police headquarters on May 23. He wrote that Deepti was missing and probably her family had murdered her,police said.

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Two days later,her parents approached Kanjhawala police station claiming that their daughter was missing.

“The initial suspects were the woman’s mother and brother because they were unable to convincingly answer our queries on how and where she had gone missing. Then they broke down and confessed to the crime,” a police officer said. Her mother Veermati (50) and brother Mohit (22) were arrested on Tuesday. Her uncle,Amit,is absconding.

Deepti fell in love with an engineer from another caste in 2009,but her parents were against the relationship,police said. “The family put pressure on her to marry a man of their choice. But she rejected two proposals and kept seeing her boyfriend. Her parents then forcibly married her off to a man in January this year,” the police officer said.

However,she returned home a month into her marriage and told her parents that she and her husband have decided to separate,police said.

“Deepti was in touch with her boyfriend. On April 19 night,she had a tiff with her mother,brother and uncle. In a fit of rage,they killed her and took the body in Amit’s car to Roorkee. They dumped it in a canal there,” the officer said.

They returned to Delhi the next day. When Deepti’s father Kapoor Singh,who was not aware of the incident as he was away,came to know about it,he chose to remain quiet,police said.

A police team has left for Roorkee to bring back Deepti’s body.

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