Two schoolgirls murdered by cousin in honour killings (Lead)

November 6th, 2008 - 11:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Greater Noida, Nov 6 (IANS) Two teenage girls were shot dead by their cousin in a case of honour killings Thursday in Surajpur locality of this suburb of the national capital, the police said. The alleged killer, Sonu, has been arrested and has confessed to shooting the girls, the police added.According to Greater Noida district police superintendent S.K. Verma, the two girls - Pinky (16) and Sonam (15), students of class 11 and class 9 - went to Aligarh Saturday with a couple of boys without telling their family. The girls were the daughters of brothers Om Prakash and Gopi Chand.

When the girls called an acquaintance from Aligarh, their family members intercepted the call and came to know about their location. The family, including their 23-year-old cousin Sonu, went to Aligarh and brought the girls back home Monday.

“The two girls had eloped on an earlier occasion also. Sonu was always conscious about the family’s honour and couldn’t tolerate the sisters fleeing with anyone and destroying the family’s reputation. The family knew Sonu’s traits and so after bringing them back from Aligarh, they kept the girls at a secluded place to fend off any wrongdoing by the enraged Sonu,” said Senior Superintendent of POlice (Gautam Budh Nagar) R.K. Chaturvedi.

Sonu is son of Sri Chand, brother of Om Prakash and Gopi Chand.

“Sonu went to Sonam’s house Thursday morning and also called Pinky. He kept asking them with whom they had eloped and why. Then an angry Sonu first shot Sonam with a .315 bore country-made pistol and then fired at Pinky. The fathers of both the girls were away when this happened,” Chaturvedi said.

The bodies of the two girls were taken to Gopi Chand’s house, barely 100 metres away from that of Om Prakash, before the police came onto the scene.

Though they lived in three separate houses, Gopi Chand, Om Prakash and Sri Chand were a close-knit family and that is why Sonu could not tolerate the sisters damaging the family’s reputation, the official added.

While Gopi Chand owns a grocery shop in Surajpur, Om Prakash owns a medical store. Sonu runs a mobile repairing shop in the locality.

Sonu was arrested after a case of murder was filed against him by Om Prakash in the Surajpur police station.

“Sonu has confessed to the murders. Though Sonu is under our custody, he seems totally unrepentent and unremorseful. He still believes what he did was right for his family’s image. We are also questioning him about who the boys were with whom the two girls had eloped,” Chaturvedi added.

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