Just a day after Raksha Bandhan, the Hindu festival where brothers vow to protect their sisters, a 17-year-old boy killed his sister in an alleged case of honour killing in Palghar, Maharashtra on Monday. Reportedly, the brother was upset with his elder sister for mingling with boys and hence decided to take her life.
According to police inspector Bharat Jadhav, the deceased (19) was quite friendly with the boys in her locality in the town of Valiv. Her sociability with the boys proved troublesome to the family as neighbours would often taunt them about it, Jadhav said on Tuesday.
The police inspector also stated that the accused had berated and even thrashed his sister in the past over the issue. On Monday, when their parents were away at work, the boy strangled his sister with a dupatta.
The police later managed to catch hold of the boy and registered a case of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. The girl’s body has now been sent for an autopsy.
Earlier in March, a man in Delhi was arrested for murdering his 13-year-old daughter by slitting her throat after he found her talking to a boy in the neighbourhood. Her body was discovered two days after she went missing in Tronica City, Ghaziabad.
In the same month, a Mumbai woman strangled her 16-year-old daughter over suspicion of her being involved in a sexual relationship with her father.