A so-called “honor killing” is the homicide of a member of a family or social group by other members due to the perpetrators’ belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family or community, usually for reasons such as refusing to enter an arranged marriage or being in a relationship that is forbidden.
The most recent case of honor killing emerged out of India last month.Bhavna Yadav, a 21-year-old student at Delhi University, was strangled by her parents after marrying her friend, Abhishek Seth without their permission. Her parents admitted to the murder after first claiming that their daughter died from an insect bite.
A pregnant 19-year-old girl’s body was found in a canal after her brothers strangled her in an honour killing, police in India said.
The teenager was allegedly strangled by her two brothers and thrown in the Ganges river in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh – which lies 43km northeast of capital New Delhi.
The girl’s body was removed from the canal on Tuesday.
Hastinapur police chief P K Singh said the victim was thought to be having an affair with a man from the same village.
Her parents discovered she was eight months pregnant when they took her to a doctor after she felt unwell one day, The Times of India reported.
Mr Singh added her brother Sonu and cousin Bhoore and another accomplice took her to the canal where they strangled her and dumped her body.
A post-mortem examination confirmed the girl had been strangled and police are searching for the three men, who have been charged with murder.
The suspects have absconded since the incident came to light and a manhunt is underway to find them, police added.
The woman Farzana Parveen, 25, was stoned to death Tuesday by her own family outside a courthouse in the Pakistani city of Lahore. She was on the way to court, which was holding a hearing on an abduction charge her family filed against her husband Mohammad Iqbal, 45, who she had married of her own free will.
After the killing, her father was promptly arrested on murder charges and AP reports that police investigator Rana Mujahid said officials were arresting those responsible for the “heinous crime.”
LifeNews Note: File photo of Bhavna Yadav.