The naked bodies of a man and a woman were found on Monday inside two big trunks dumped in a park in Haryana’s Sonepat on the outskirts of Delhi, with the police not ruling out the possibility of an honour killing.
The man was around 30 years of age and was found with his legs cut off while the woman was between 25 and 30 years old and was wearing a set of bangles, commonly used by newly-wed women, superintendent of police (SP) Ashok Kumar said.
“We are not sure about the reason behind the incident but the possibility of honour killing or murder due to an illicit relationship cannot be denied, as the girl seems married,” he added.
The bodies have not been identified yet but the post mortem report has confirmed the death was due to strangulation.
"It appears somebody had beaten them badly. Once their identity is established, it will help shed more light in the case," Kumar said.
Officials said it seemed the two people had been killed somewhere else and the bodies were dumped here."We are also trying to find out if there was any missing persons complaint registered in any police station which matches the profile of the two," the SP said.
The discovery was made by sweepers of the park close to National Highway-1, which borders Delhi on one side and UP on the other.
“As there are no reports of being the victims being locals, we have formed five teams to search their relatives in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana,” Kumar said.
The prosperous state that has one of the lowest sex ratios in India is notorious for its Khap Panchayats that govern vast swathes of the countryside through diktats that expressly bar inter-caste and inter-religion marriages.
The medieval-era village councils act as courts for millions of people with no access to formal judicial processes and are known to order brutal rapes and murders – known as honour killings – to punish couples who defy norms of marriage to uphold the prestige of the community.
(With inputs from agencies)