A 20-year-old woman was killed by her mother on Saturday night — a day before she was supposed to get married — in an apparent case of honour killing.
Police said the woman was murdered after she was caught in a compromising position with a man who lived as a tenant in their north east Delhi’s Seelampur house.
Police said the 42-year-old accused smothered and strangulated her daughter to death.
The mother then informed her son, after which they took the woman’s body to a local hospital and told doctors that she had committed suicide. The mother and son were arrested after the doctors spotted strangulation marks on the woman’s neck and called the police.
A relative of the deceased told police that the woman had gone missing right before her marriage rituals were to start in the house. It was then that the mother and son began search for her.
The mother then stumbled upon the woman in a compromising position with their tenant. She then held her from her dupatta and dragged her to the ground, police said.
“The tenant, Guddu, however managed to flee. The mother then allegedly smothered her with a pillow till she fell unconscious and then strangulated her till she died. Later she panicked and called her son,” a police officer said.
The mother-son duo, the police said, later tried to revive the woman and took her to a hospital. “They told other family members that the woman had fallen unconscious due to low blood pressure and palpitation,” an officer said.
The duo was arrested while they were waiting at the hospital to take the body home. The victims father had died a few years ago and they lived off the rent they earned from Guddu.
Police said the deceased was set to marry a Ghaziabad businessman on Sunday. Investigation revealed she had an affair with Guddu for the last two years.