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Woman beaten to death by relatives in MP over affair with man of same gotra

In an apparent case of honour killing, a young woman was allegedly beaten to death by her relatives in Morena district in Madhya Pradesh at the behest of community leaders, because she had an affair with a man of the same ‘gotra’ (clan).

bhopal Updated: May 27, 2018 18:38 IST
Press Trust of India, Morena (MP)
Madhya Pradesh,Honour killing,gotra
Police said the girl’s family performed her last rites without informing police.(AFP/Photo for representation)

In an apparent case of honour killing, a young woman was allegedly beaten to death by her relatives in Morena district at the behest of community leaders, because she had an affair with a man of the same ‘gotra’ (clan).

The incident took place at Choukhuti village on May 24, said additional superintendent of police Anurag Sujenia.

Renu Singh, the victim, belonged to the Gurjar community.

“The incident occurred on May 24, and we got the information the next day. The family had performed her last rites without informing police. The forensic team has collected the samples of the burnt body,” the ASP said.

Her family members were absconding, Sujenia said. “We have registered a case, and search for the family members is on,” he added.

Preliminary probe revealed that Singh had eloped with a man called Sonu, a resident of neighbouring Moropura village, some days ago, Sujenia said.

Sonu’s family agreed to hand over the woman back to her relatives on the condition that they would not harm him.

After her return, a community ‘panchayat’ (gathering of the elders of the community) was called, which allegedly asked the family to kill her by way of punishment.

The woman was allegedly killed by her relatives behind closed doors.

The panchayat was reportedly opposed to the couple’s relationship as both belonged to the same gotra which traditional norms didn’t allow.

“We are still verifying the facts and searching for the victim’s family. Family members of the man are also absconding. Nobody in the village is ready to speak about the incident. Probe is underway,” Sujenia said.

First Published: May 27, 2018 18:38 IST