Brother, mother accused of killing her over affair with man from another caste

In a shocking case of “honour killing” on the outskirts of the Capital, a young Municipal Corporation of Delhi school teacher was strangulated to death allegedly by her brother and mother in Kanjhawala here over her affair with a man belonging to a different caste.

The accused, Birmati (50) and Mohit (22), stuffed the body of Deepti Chhikara (26) in an Alto car and dumped it in Uttrakhand helped by the victim’s uncle Amit, the police said.

The sensational murder came to light more than a month after the incident, when Deepti’s paramour Lalit Vats, a diploma holder in computer science, wrote an e-mail to the senior police officers saying that he suspected something wrong had happened to the woman.

When the police team reached Deepti’s house in Jonti village following the complaint, the family failed to give any satisfactory reply on her mysterious disappearance and on why they had not reported the matter to the police.

When subjected to sustained interrogation, Birmati and Mohit purportedly confessed to having strangulated Deepti on April 19 night when they caught him talking to Lalit over the phone. The mother-son duo first beat her up and Mohit later strangulated her to death. Birmati held Deepti by her legs, while Mohit strangulated her, the police said.

The family was against Deepti’s relation with Lalit as they belonged to different castes and had warned her to stay away from him several times, the police said.

An Outer Delhi Police team has been sent to Uttrakhand to recover Deepti’s body at the instance of the accused. Amit is still absconding.

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