New Delhi: A day after two young lovers were tortured to death to protect the family’s ‘honour’ in Delhi, the alleged main perpetrator of the crime was remorseless and defiant.
“I have no regrets... I would punish them all over again if given another chance,” said Omprakash Saini, uncle of the deceased girl.
Omprakash and the girl’s father were arrested on Tuesday.
Girl's father, uncle held for honour killings in Delhi
Omprakash, who was produced before mediapersons at Ashok Vihar police station, revealed his niece’s lover, Yogesh Kumar, 21, was a Dalit from the Jatav caste.
He claimed the Saini family had gone through ‘‘difficult times’’ due to the ‘‘illicit’’ relationship. As for his niece Asha, he said it was unethical for a ‘‘woman to possess love for any other man after she had been engaged to a Sonipat boy’’.
Omprakash claimed he was sleeping on the ground floor while his niece and wife were asleep on the roof.
“Around midnight, Asha insisted that her aunt to go to the downstairs. As she gave no apparent reason, my wife came down and woke me up. I went out to find that boy outside my house. Mera dimaag ghoom gaya (I lost my mind). No gentleman comes to meet a friend at midnight...I asked Asha’s parents to come over,” he said.
Honour killing takes place in Delhi
After the couple was caught by the girl’s uncle, they were tortured.
“During interrogation, the accused said they flogged the couple and stuffed cloth in their mouths to muffle their cries. They were, in all probability, tied up before electric shocks were passed through their hands and feet. The actual cause of death will be ascertained after we receive the post-mortem report,” said DCP (northwest) N S Bundela.
Asha, 19, and Yogesh, 21, were beaten with steel rods before being electrocuted.
Besides Omprakash and Suresh Kumar Saini, Asha’s father, a manhunt has been launched for the girl’s mother Maya, Omprakash’s wife and son Sanjeev, all of whom have gone into hiding.
Omprakash claimed societal norms dictated his actions.
“Yogesh, our next door neighbour at Gokalpuri, had no meaningful employment and he belonged to a low caste. His friendship with my niece was found out two months ago. We met his sister and it was settled that he would discontinue the relationship. We decided to marry off Asha in Sonipat to save our family honour," said the Sadar Bazar-based trader.
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"However, my niece did not approve of our decision. My younger brother (Asha’s father) was apprehensive that if she continued to live in Gokalpuri, it would be difficult for her to control her emotions. Fifteen days ago, she came to stay with us,’’ he added.