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Indian father kills teenage daughter for falling in love ? report

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:23 GMT
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NEW DELHI (TrustLaw) – Indian police have arrested the father and two brothers of a 17-year-old girl who was shot dead in the northern city of Ghaziabad in an “honour killing” after they found out she was in love with a man and planning to elope, the Hindustan Times reported on Tuesday.

The father and his sons locked the girl in a room in their home on Nov 23, where they killed her after repeatedly shooting at her, the report said. They had plotted the killing for several weeks.

“I fired a shot at her but it missed and the firearm got jammed,” said one of the brothers, named as Javed, in the report. “Then my father shot her twice, one over her jaw and the other one at her right temple area. But she survived, bled profusely, but remained quiet." Javed said.

After this, her father shot her twice again at point-blank range and she died on the spot, police said.

Honour killings - when a person is murdered by a family member out of belief that the victim has brought shame on the family, clan or community - are common in parts of South Asia, such as Pakistan, Afghanistan and some regions of India.

The United Nations Population Fund estimates 5,000 women are victims of honour killings every year.

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