In a suspected case of honour killing, a 21-year-old girl was allegedly murdered in the capital by her parents who opposed her marriage to a youth belonging to a different caste. The deceased, identified as Bhawna Yadav, a final year student of Sanskrit Honours at Venkateswara College, was allegedly strangled to death by her parents Jagmohan Yadav, a property dealer and his wife Savitri, on Saturday night at their house in Bharat Vihar, Kakrola in South West Delhi, police said.
“They took her body to Alwar, Rajasthan, where they burnt it at their ancestral village. We have arrested the parents and further investigations are underway,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-West) Suman Goyal. Bhawna and Abhishek Seth (24), who is a government official, had met each other at Venkateswara College in August 2012 through a common friend.
They fell in love and wanted to marry each other but knew that their parents won’t approve of their relationship, police said. The young couple, however, got married on November 12 at the Arya Samaj Mandir at Mandir Marg in New Delhi. Abhishek then took Bhawna to his home in Uttam Nagar in West Delhi where his parents accepted their marriage, they said.
According to Abhishek, Bhawna’s parents reached his home that very night and said that they would get them married in a grand function and took their daughter with them. “However, once they returned home, they told Bhawna that they don’t accept this marriage and they would get her married as per their wish. Bhawna then returned to my place on November 14. Her parents again visited our house with some neighbours and assured that they would do a ‘chunni ceremony’ (engagement ceremony) at their home and send my wife back on Sunday,” said Abhishek.
However, on Saturday night, Abhishek got a call from Bhawna’s maternal uncle Lakhan who allegedly threatened to kill both of them. “Minutes later, I got a call from Bhawna that her uncle was drunk and he should ignore him. The next morning, repeated calls on Bhawna and her parent’s number went unanswered. Sometime later, I got a call from her cousin Sachin who informed me that Bhawna was cremated in Alwar, following which I approached police,” said Abhishek in his police complaint.
One of Bhawna’s neighbour Mahinder told police that her parents told him that she was bitten by a snake and he drove them to their ancestral place in Alwar in his car for some ‘tantrik rituals’ to get her cured. “Mahinder told us that Bhawna appeared to be dead when she was kept in his car,” the police official added. Following the disclosure, police nabbed the parents from their house.
“As the body has been disposed off, the exact methodology of how she was killed is being ascertained and further investigations are underway. It has emerged that she was strangled to death. Her parents during interrogation told us that they were getting a bad name in their community for their daughter’s step and that is why they eliminated her,” the official added. An FIR was lodged at Dwarka North Police Station in connection with the incident.