On a day when she cleared her class XII examination scoring 80% marks, her father slit her throat with a knife.
Seventeen-year old Ramandeep Kaur lay dead in a pool of blood at her house in Ludhiana on Sunday. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead.
Ramandeep’s only fault was that she was in a relationship with a boy living in village Lehra Mohabbat in Bathinda district and she also wanted to marry him.
This is the fourth case of suspected “honor killing” in Punjab in the last few months. On Sunday, a heated argument escalated after the father, Baljit Singh (42), suspected a relationship between his daughter and the boy.
Ramandeep confessed to her relationship. This infuriated Singh, who slit her throat with a knife. Baljit has been arrested.
In fact, it was Binder Kaur, the victim’s mother, who lodged a complaint against her husband Baljit following which he was taken into police custody.
Sources said, Kaur was a bright student and had lofty dreams of making it big in life. On April 23, Harbans Singh of Bathinda killed his 19-year old daughter suspecting her to be in a relationship with a boy of a backward caste.
In another incident on May 11, one Gora Singh killed his two minor daughters- one just 2-years of age- since he wanted a divorce. He cremated his daughters clandestinely and has since been arrested.