Parents of Manjit Kaur (21) of Yamunanagar district have confessed to killing their daughter on Sunday as she was involved in an inter-caste relationship.
On Sunday morning, police had seized the half-burnt body of Manjit from the cremation ground of Bapa village near Radaur in Yamunanagar district, and arrested her's parents Mahinder Pal Singh and Mahindero Devi on the charge of murder.
In a statement issued on Monday, superintendent of police Sibas Kabiraj said, “The victim's parents admitted that they poisoned their daughter and then strangulated her. With the help of close family friends, they tried to cremate her in the morning. Suspecting foul play, the villagers informed the police.”
According to the police, the victim, who belonged to Gadaria caste (a backward class) was in love with Jaswinder Singh, a mazhabi Sikh (a scheduled caste), but her family was against the inter-caste relationship.
The couple ran away to Ludhiana in Punjab on September 22, but Manjit's parents forcibly took her back home the next day.
On September 29, they killed Manjit for going against the family's wishes by marrying out of her caste.
A case of murder was registered on the complaint of Amardeep Singh of Bapa village, and the accused parents have been remanded to police custody for two days.
The half-burnt body has been sent to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Research (PGIMER) in Rohtak for post-mortem.