Honour killing of teenage girl shocks Bareilly

BAREILLY: In a case of honour killing that has sent shock waves across Bareilly, an enraged father – who saw his teenaged daughter with a youth from her village – first beat her to death and then buried her battered body in the nearby sugarcane fields.

The victim, Neeraj, 18, was in love with a youth named Prem Pal despite opposition from their families. Recently, Prem Pal’s family fixed his marriage with a girl of a nearby village but Pal was insistent on marrying Neeraj, following which his family members restricted his movements and banned the girl from seeing him. Locals say when Neeraj came to know of the development two days back on Monday, she rushed to Pal’s house to persuade him against the marriage.

When the girl’s father, Shanti Lal, came to know of her presence at Lal’s house, he along with his elder brother rushed to Pal’s house and forced the girl back to her house where she was beaten black and blue. The girl refused to budge, and this infuriated the two who then allegedly killed her and fled with the body before the police arrived after a tip-off from the villagers.

The police registered a case against the girl’s father and uncle but failed to trace them and recover the body of the girl until Wednesday.

“We have succeeded in nabbing the girl’s father who has confessed his involvement in the crime and taken the police to the spot in the sugarcane field in his village where the body of the girl has been allegedly buried by him and his accomplice,” says J Ravindra Gaud, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Bareilly. The police are waiting for the magistrate to exhume the body and record the statement of the accused.

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