A 17-year-old girl was allegedly assaulted and then cremated alive by her family in Madina village near Meham, 8 km from here, after her brother reportedly caught her eloping with her lover on Thursday. The police got wind and collected forensic samples from the crematorium, but are yet to register a case, saying that no one has filed a complaint. The village is known as an education hub but a majority is backing the family, saying the she died suddenly after acute chest pain.
But some residents who termed it an “honour killing” told HT on the condition of anonymity that the victim, Monika Rani, daughter of Jat farmer Dharmbir Singh, had an affair with a Brahmin boy from the village with whom she had eloped a few weeks ago too, only to return upon her family’s insistence. “On Thursday evening, Monika’s brother spotted her with the same boy at the village bus stand. The boy ran away, but the brother caught hold of Monika and called some other family members. They dragged her nearly 1 km to their house, as the pillion rider held Monika by her hair.”
“Monika’s mother tried to intervene but was beaten up. Some villagers said they should quietly kill the girl, so the family’s men took her to the cremation ground and burnt her even though she was breathing,” said another eyewitness.
Rohtak police spokesperson Ved Parkash Nain said a forensic team has collected evidence from the cremation ground after getting wind of the incident on Thursday night. “The family told our team that the girl suddenly developed chest pain, and died immediately after. We are probing all angles after registering a daily diary report (DDR).”
Asked why there has been no FIR, he said there was no formal complaint yet, and a majority of the villagers supported the family version. “Further action will be taken after the forensic report,” said Meham station house officer (SHO) Ram Kishan.
The girl was killed allegedly because it is against the so-called customs of the region to marry anyone from the same village. But it’s all the more shocking because Madina village boasts of being an education hub – it has 10 government and private schools, two education colleges, a nursing college, an industrial training institute (ITI), and more than 95% population of the village is literate.
The incident took place in Korsian sector of the village, which is the native place of Meham legislator Anand Singh Dangi.