Man kills daughter for marrying cousin

Perceived to be the first “honour killing” in Bihar, Surendra admitted before First Class Judicial Magistrate S K Choubey that he was deeply disturbed when he came to know that his daughter Chandni had developed physical relations with her cousin Deepak.

“One day she even put the sindoor (vermilion) and told me that she had wedded her cousin. This was the last straw… and I took her to a nearby railway line and killed her in the ditch,” said Surendra, without showing any signs of remorse.

The honour killing would have remained unreported had the police not recovered a defaced and decomposed body from under the Majharia railway bridge. The police also got a tip-off that a girl named Chandni Kumari had been missing since August 3.

Mohania DSP Pankaj Sinha got suspicious when, after initial probe, he found that Chandni’s family members were not much concerned about her disappearance. Subsequent inquiries led to the arrest of Deepak’s father Chandra Hans Singh, who spilled the beans.

“Chandni was a girl of ‘questionable character’ who married my son Deepak (her cousin), and wanted to be accepted as my daughter-in-law. However, I strongly disapproved the incest relationship,” said Chandra Hans, a cement trader.

“Eventually, Chandni was turned away and sent to her parents’ house,” he added.
When Chandni’s father came to know about this, he, in a fit of rage, took her to a nearby railway bridge and killed her. “I took this step as I felt humiliated by my daughter’s deeds,” Surendra told the magistrate, and added that he had dumped her body under the bridge.
After his confession, the magistrate ordered that Surendra be sent to the Bhabhua Jail.

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