In a suspected case of honour killing, Simarjeet Kaur, 28, was shot dead by her relatives early Thursday morning in Fatta Maloka village of Mansa district while she was travelling on a motorbike with her husband. Simarjeet, who belonged to Bhamme Kalan village, got married to Gurpyar Singh against the wishes of her parents in September last year.
According to the police, the victim used to visit her maternal uncle's house in Fatta Maloka village, where she fell in love with Gurpyar Singh, who resided right opposite her uncle's place. In September last year, both got married against the wishes of Simarjeet's parents. The couple had opted for a court marriage due to threats from the girl's family.
The police said that the reason behind the crime was that the girl had settled with her husband near her uncle's place.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Rupinder Bhardwaj said, “The boy was already living in front of the house of her uncle.
Post-marriage, they moved out to a different location for three months, but they came and resettled at their previous location, which irked the family of the girl’s cousin. He repeatedly requested them to settle somewhere else, but they didn't listen to him. On Thursday morning, while the couple were going on a bike, she was attacked by members of her uncle's family.
They fired shots at her that left her dead on the spot while her husband escaped with injuries.
The police have registered a case under Section 302 (murder) against seven members of her family and her uncle’s family. All the accused are absconding.
Bhardwaj said, “At the time of their marriage, the local police had asked members of the girl’s family and those of her uncle’s family to surrender their arms. And they deposited the arms which are in our custody even now. The crime has been committed with a country-made pistol.”