UP: Man burns 22-year-old daughter to death for marrying against parents’ wishes
A family in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad allegedly tied their 22-year-old daughter to a cot, doused her in kerosene and burnt her to death on Friday afternoon.
The crime, according to police, was likely an “honour killing” — a term used to refer to the murder of men and women by their family members for marrying without their consent.
The victim was Gulfasha Bi, whose in-laws said that she was murdered for marrying against her parent’s wishes.
She was at home with her two-year-old son and a female relative on Friday when her father and others allegedly roughed her up and set her on fire, but spared the child, police said. The rest of the family was away at a funeral. Gulfasha died on the spot.
“The house of one Gulfasha Bi 22, was attacked by her father Mashruf Raza Khan and others at around 2 pm on Friday. They reportedly manhandled her and later set her on fire before fleeing from the place,” said superintendent of police (city) Ashish Srivastav.
Gulfasha’s in-laws told police that she wedded Sajid Ali three years ago against the will of her parents, who refused to accept the marriage.
“Based on preliminary evidence and the statements given by the families it seems that it might be a case of honour killing,” said Srivastav.
A police team reached the house by 3pm and collected evidence. The charred remains of the body were also recovered and sent for post mortem.
Sajad’s father registered an FIR under 302(murder) and other sections of IPC against 11 people including Mashruf Raza Khan. One of the accused, Gulfasha’s cousin Ashraf, was arrested in Friday night. Police is on the lookout for the others.