A minor girl was allegedly stabbed to death by her father and uncle on Friday in a suspected case of “honour killing” in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior, police said, highlighting a practice that claims dozens of lives in India every year.
Police said the victim,,was killed at a shelter for women in the Hazira area of the city, more than 400km from capital Bhopal.
Police said that one of the attackers was injured when a cow, disturbed by the commotion, charged at them. Another person who tried to save the victim was also said to be injured.
CCTV camera footage showed the cow charging at the men, apparently trying to protect its calf nearby.
The two accused, Kalyan Singh and Lakhan Singh, are absconding.
The girl had angered her parents by eloping against their wishes with a 22-year-old man identified as Sonu in January, police said.
Sonu was arrested and sent to jail on the complaint of the minor’s father. The victim, however, refused to return to her village Pahadigaon in Morena district and was sent to a government-run shelter following a court’s order.
She was later shifted to a shelter run by an NGO where she was attacked.