Honour killing: Man held for daughter’s murder

July 16th, 2011 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Jhajjar (Haryana), July 16 (IANS) A man was arrested here Saturday for the murder of his 18-year-old daughter for the sake of family honour as he was suspicious that she was going around with her cousin, police said.

Deepika, a Class 12 student, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her house in Jakhoda village June 7. Following preliminary investigation, police registered a case of suicide.

But the police, not able to reconcile themselves to the reasons for suicide given by the family members, pursued various leads and zeroed in upon the deceased’s father whom they arrested Saturday.

“We have arrested Roop Ram. He had killed his daughter by strangulating her for the sake of family honour. He was suspecting that she was going around with her cousin,” Vijay Dahiya, investigation officer of the case, told IANS.

“After killing Deepika, the accused hanged her body from a ceiling fan to mislead the police. During interrogation, Roop Ram broke down and admitted that he killed his daughter to save his family’s honour,” he added.

Haryana is infamous for honour killing cases. Various cases of murders of young boys and girls have rocked different parts of the state in the last few months.

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