A woman who eloped to marry outside her caste eight years ago returned to her village only to be burnt alive, allegedly by her brothers.
The woman, Rameshwari Devi alias Ramo, was set on fire by her brother Lakshman Singh and other cousins on March 4, a day after she returned home with her three-year-old son.
The incident occurred in south Rajasthan’s Dungarpur district and police arrested her brother and six cousins for the alleged honour killing on Saturday.
Rameshwari, a Rajput, left Patlasa village eight years ago after her love marriage to a Brahmin youth from the area against her family’s wishes, said Madho Singh Sodha deputy superintendent of police, Dungarpur.
He said Kalawti, Rameshwari’s mother-in-law, filed a police complaint that said she was set on fire by Lakshman Singh, Parveen Singh, Kalyan Singh, Ishwar Singh, Mahendra Singh, Bhupal Singh and Gejndra Singh.
Kalawati said Rameshwari married her elder son Prakash Sevak and the couple was living outside since then.
On March 3, Rameshwari came with her three-year-old daughter to meet her in-laws.
On March 4, when Kalawti, her younger son and daughter-in-law, and Rameshwari were sitting in the compound, Lakshman came with around 30 other people and dragged Rameshwari outside to a spot near the temple, poured kerosene on her and set her on fire.
Ravi Shankar, ASI at Aspur police station, said they got a phone call on the night of March 4 that a woman had been burnt. Police reached the village and investigated the matter. Police are questioning others and more arrests are likely, said Shankar.