Two brothers’ misplaced sense of honour drove them to stab their sister’s ‘lower caste’ husband to death at a park in northwest Delhi on Thursday morning, police said.
According to police, the incident happened at a public park in Mongolpuri’s P block where Ranvir, 21, was staying after marrying one Jyoti, against the wishes of both their families.
“At around 9:30 am on Thursday morning, Jyoti’s brothers, Gaurav and Rahul, went to Ranvir’s house and took him to the neighbourhood park on the pretext of talking to him. They then stabbed him to death,” said a senior police officer.
The accused brothers, police said, were subsequently arrested from Mongolpuri’s Y block while investigations into the case were on.
Ranvir and Jyoti, according to police, had got married on April 17 and, sensing a threat to their lives from their own family members, had approached a city court seeking security. After the court made both families resolve the matter, Jyoti’s family had consented to get the couple remarried in accordance with necessary rituals.
“However, persistent taunts from their neighbours drove Jyoti’s brothers over the edge and they went to call on him knowing that his family was away on a trip to Rajasthan. They were, however, unaware that Ranvir’s sister Kavita had followed them to the park,” said the officer.
According to the statement that Kavita gave to the police, the duo started attacking him with a knife as soon as they had entered the local park located near the Mangolpuri Mosque.
They soon fled, leaving Ranvir lying in a pool of his own blood, even as Kavita yelled for help.
“During interrogation, the brothers said that Ranvir’s attempt to meet Jyoti at her parents’ home, where she had consented to stay till she was formally married, had triggered the attack,” the officer added.