New Delhi: The national capital region witnessed another case of honour killing as five persons were arrested by the Noida police for allegedly killing a girl from Bulandshahar, UP, who married a Dalit boy.
On Monday night, a joint team of Noida and Bulandshahr police arrested five members of her family, including her mother, for allegedly killing the 22-year-old Bulandshahr girl.
Girl beaten to death for honour
Police said the victim Sanjeeta, belonging to the Gujjar community, befriended a Dalit boy named Ravinder Kataria while attending coaching classes together three years ago. They fell in love and secretly married on February 15 this year.
Kataria, a Noida resident who is under police protection now, said: “We both joined the same company in Noida as customer service associates about eight months ago. On February 15 this year, we were married at Arya Samaj Temple in Yamuna Vihar, Delhi. The same day we registered our marriage in a Delhi court.”
They decided not to declare their marriage until they had succeeded in convincing their families to approve it.
Kataria claimed that on April 30, Sanjeeta's parents came to know of the marriage and since then they were holding her captive in the house.Stand-alone law needed for 'honour killing' cases: Brinda
“I last tried to contact her on July 9 when her family members threatened to murder me if I continued my relationship with her,” he alleged.
Kataria's father Devi Ram said: “On Sunday July 11, Sanjeeta ran away from her house and reached our house at 3 p.m. I immediately informed her parents who reached here in the evening.”
“She refused to go with them. Then they promised that they will get her married to my son in an arranged ceremony which will save the family of humiliation.”
He said Sanjeeta then left with her family around 11.30 p.m. that very day.Government to form ministerial panel on honour killings
Kataria said he called her up after she left from his house but her mobile phone was always found switched off. He suspected that something had happened to her.
“Ravinder said his wedding to Sanjeeta was schedule to take place on Sunday, July 18.
But when he called the girl's family that day, he was threatened and told not to contact them anymore,” Senior Superintendent of Police A.K. Singh said.