December 31, 2014 3:46:10 am
In another case of honour killing, the mother and brother of the pregnant minor girl, whose body was found in the bushes near her home on December 23 under Kandhai police station area in Pratapgarh district, were arrested on Monday for allegedly killing her.
The police said the victim’s brother had come to know about her pregnancy and caught her trying to get in touch with her boyfriend on the night of December 22.
According to the police, ever since the incident came to light they suspected that the teenage girl may have been killed by her own family members in the name of honour.
Following investigations, the police arrested her mother, aged 50, and her 24-year-old brother, who used to run a bicycle repair shop near his house. The girl’s father was, however, not involved in the incident, police said.
“The girl had developed close relations with a boy, aged around 18, when she had gone to her sister-in-law’s house during Raksha Bandhan this year. Her brother came to know of her pregnancy some time ago and he and the girl’s mother were upset with her. The father was, however, not informed about the situation,” said Station House Officer (Kandhai), Ram Naresh.
Naresh added that a girl, who was the victim’s friend and would often park her bicycle outside their house to go for her studies had given her mobile phone to her on the day of the incident.
“On December 22, she had given her mobile phone to the victim, and told her that she would pick it up while returning home. The girl, however, went out with the phone without telling anyone. In the evening, her friend found her mobile was missing and went looking for it. The girl kept hiding near her house with the mobile phone. Her mother and brother assured her friend that they would trace her and get the phone back,” said Naresh.
The accused duo finally found her at around 11.30 pm. “They caught her and strangled her to death. Then, they threw her body in a bush near the house to deflect attention,” the SHO said.
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