Four held for Haryana ‘honour killing’

The case involves doing away with a pregnant woman and her lover allegedly by her family

Girl’s father among the arrested who have been sent to judicial custody

Victims’ bodies were ‘displayed’ outside the family house as a warning

Karnal (Haryana): Two days after a pregnant housewife and her lover were strangled to death in a village near here allegedly by her relatives, police have arrested four persons including the girl’s father in connection with the ‘honour killing’.

Om Prakash of Ballah village, the father of 23-year-old Sunita, two relatives Rajesh and Ram Mehar, and one Dharamveer were arrested on Saturday night and produced before a Duty Magistrate on Sunday, police said.

The court in Assandh town of the district has remanded the four, who are among 30 accused, to 14 days in judicial custody.

Police said Dharamveer is the driver of one of the vehicles in which Sunita and her paramour Jasbir were bundled into after a mob pulled them out of a house in Machhroli village near Panipat on Thursday night. The vehicle has been impounded.

They said Om Prakash, the main accused, and others have been charged under sections 452 (house trespass with intent to assault and wrongful restraint), 364 (kidnapping), 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), 316 (causing death of unborn child amounting to culpable homicide) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy).

The lovers, both of the Jat community, were murdered after some 30 people attacked the house of Jasbir’s sister Neelam in Machhroli village.

Their bodies were ‘displayed’ outside the family house in Balla village, apparently as a warning to others who might try to emulate the “immoral act”.

Sunita, a divorcee, had eloped with Jasbir and was six months pregnant at the time of death. The girl’s mother was unrepentant and had gone on camera saying “she deserved it”.

Sunita had married Manjit, a resident of neighbouring Phurlak village, reportedly against her wishes three years back.

However, she continued to meet Jasbir and when her husband came to know of this, he allegedly divorced Sunita.

For the past six months, the lovers had been staying at Neelam’s house. -- PTI

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