Cousins killed for 'affair' with brother
Four family members have been arrested for allegedly murdering two girls on the suspicion that they were in an incestuous relationship with a relative.india Updated: Jun 28, 2010 01:53 IST
Four family members have been arrested for allegedly murdering two girls on the suspicion that they were in an incestuous relationship with a relative.
The girls' bodies were found on Friday near the West Yamuna Canal, close to Sonepat's Badwasni village.
The deceased have been identified as Chanchal (14) and cousin Raj Kumari (12), residents of Sonepat town, 65 km northwest of Delhi.
The police on Sunday arrested Chanchal's 16-year-old half-brother, Vijay, after registering a case of rape against him on the complaint of Raj Kumari's mother, Sunita.
On Saturday the police had arrested the girls' grandmother, Vidya Devi, and her two sons, Chand and Suraj, on charges of murdering Chanchal and Raj Kumari.
Their suspicion was that the girls were having an illicit relationship with Vijay.
The three have reportedly confessed to the police that they had strangled the two girls on Friday.
They told the police that Chanchal's father, Surender, had Vijay from his first marriage with Sonia, who had died.
Surender, who is now in jail on a criminal charge, then married Geeta, and Chanchal was the fruit of this marriage.
Vijay had been staying at an orphanage at Panchkula (near Chandigarh) and had come to stay with the family in Sonepat about a month ago. Then the illicit relationship is suspected to have developed.
Vidya Devi, Chand and Suraj were so enraged by this liaison that they decided to kill the girls.
Surender, Chand and Suraj and Raj Kumari's father, Manoj, are brothers.
They belong to the goldsmith caste.
In her complaint to the police, Sunita alleged that Vijay had come from Panchkula and had been staying with Vidya Devi for the past month. Taking advantage of the proximity to Raj Kumari, Vijay allegedly raped her.
Meantime, Vidya Devi, Chand and Suraj were produced in court, which remanded them to judicial custody on Sunday.