In a suspected case of honour killing, a teenage couple was allegedly gagged with dirty household rags, flogged with iron rods and electrocuted to death by the girl’s family in northeast Delhi, police said.
Asha Saini and Yogesh Kumar — both 19-year-olds from Gokulpuri — were brutally murdered on Monday after Asha refused to
Murders most foul
May 12, 2010: Gurleen Kaur (19) and her mother-in-law Kuljit Kaur (50) hacked to death, husband shot at in Punjab by Gurleen’s family for marrying against their wishes
Sep 9, 2003: Guddo (17) murdered by her brother in Bhiwani district, Haryana for having a boyfriend
Aug 5, 2009: Anil and Rani (17) strangulated to death allegedly by Rani’s family in Haryana after being caught together
Asha’s father Suraj Kumar Saini and uncle Om Prakash have been arrested, police said.
“The girl had been staying at Om Prakash’s home in Swarup Nagar since her May engagement,” said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.
The Sainis runs a wholesale vegetable business. They had reportedly tried everything to keep their daughter from “bringing disrepute to a Saini household”, said a police officer.
When their threats failed, Asha’s family forcibly got her engaged to a property dealer in Sonepat, Haryana. When that didn’t work, Asha’s family called Yogesh to Swarup Nagar on Sunday on the pretext of discussing their relationship.
“The couple’s mutilated bodies were found from the house around 7:30 am on Monday after residents complained of an intense, foul smell emanating from the ground floor of the two-storey house,” the officer said, adding prima facie, it seemed “after four hours of assaulting the couple with iron rods and other blunt weapons, they forced them to sit on iron trunks and used live electrical wires to electrocute them.”
Yogesh’s sister Renu said, “The girl’s mother, Maya, came to our house two months ago. She threatened to get Yogesh killed if he didn’t stop meeting Asha. My brother consented, but Asha kept calling and asking him to take her away.”