Honour Killing: Caste Virus 001CG2008

31Jan08

 In a hard-hitting reminder of Punjab’s feudal ethos, a Jat farmer strangulated his 23-year-daughter, who had dared to fall in love with a lower caste man and wanted to marry him, here on Saturday.Though the killer father has been arrested, he is bereft of remorse for having eliminated his own daughter – all in the name of saving his family’s pride.Swaran Singh, a Jat farmer of Mahal village, near Amritsar, killed his 23-year-old daughter, Babbu, who was in love with Manveer Singh, a resident of the same village who belonged to lower caste. Though the young lovers had eloped to an Uttar Pradesh village, the girl’s father traced them down and persuaded his daughter to return. However, her insistence on marrying Manveer led to her death as the accused mercilessly murdered her for the sake of family honour.

Meanwhile, the residents of this village are shaken and visibly perturbed, unwilling to talk to anyone, especially the mediapersons.SSP Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh said Swaran Singh strangulated his daughter and was burning the body in the village when he was apprehended by police, who reached the spot after receiving the information. “We have collected the mortal remains for forensic examination,” he added.He said the police had arrested Manveer’s friend, who was a chain snatcher, from whom they had come to know that Manveer had been arrested by UP police in another case. Meanwhile, a relative of Manveer claimed, “We don’t know his whereabouts or whether he is alive or not.” A case under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered and further investigations are under progress.



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