Girl’s family kills couple to save family honour

LUCKNOW: In a case of honour killing, a young couple was allegedly tortured to death and their bodies dumped in a canal by the girl’s family on the outskirts of the city. Their bodies were fished out from the Sharda canal in the Chinhat area on Friday morning. The two were the residents of Satrikh area in neighbouring Barabanki district. The main accused – the girl’s father – is absconding.

Barabanki police chief Abdul Hamid said that Komal Yadav (18) had escaped from her house on Wednesday and was staying at Manish Yadav’s house, a 20-year-old youth from the same village. On Thursday, Komal’s father Shivnath along with some relatives found out whereabouts of the couple and allegedly abducted the two.

Komal’s father and other relatives allegedly beat Manish mercilessly and strangulated her. Their bodies were later dumped into the Sharda canal only to be fished out near Achlikheda village in Nagram area and sent for postmortem examination.

In charge of Satrikh police station, RS Yadav, said that the two were in relationship for the past several years and the girl’s family had warned her to stay away from Manish. Though the two were from same caste, girl’s father had reservations against their affair because of difference in social status and economic standing of the two families.

The girl’s father was a former state government employee and owned tracts of land while Manish, a small shop owner in the village, was a labourer’s son. The two wanted to get married but Shivnath was against the relationship, said the police

Upset with restrictions at home, the girl decided to leave her home on Wednesday, added Yadav. However, instead of eloping, the two stayed at a safe location in the village hoping that Shivnath would calm down in a few days. After police came to know about the missing couple, they detained some of Shivnath’s relatives. After prolonged grilling, they revealed that the couple’s bodies had been dumped in the canal. The police have launched a manhunt to nab Shivnath.

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