Friday, June 18, 2010

[ZESTCaste] No regrets, says accused in honour killing case

No regrets, says accused in honour killing case

2010-06-16 17:13:24
Last Updated: 2010-06-16 18:09:22

New Delhi: A day after two young lovers were tortured to death to
protect the family's 'honour' in Delhi, the alleged main perpetrator
of the crime was remorseless and defiant.

"I have no regrets... I would punish them all over again if given
another chance," said Omprakash Saini, uncle of the deceased girl.

Omprakash and the girl's father were arrested on Tuesday.

Girl's father, uncle held for honour killings in Delhi

Omprakash, who was produced before mediapersons at Ashok Vihar police
station, revealed his niece's lover, Yogesh Kumar, 21, was a Dalit
from the Jatav caste.

He claimed the Saini family had gone through ''difficult times'' due
to the ''illicit'' relationship. As for his niece Asha, he said it was
unethical for a ''woman to possess love for any other man after she
had been engaged to a Sonipat boy''.

Omprakash claimed he was sleeping on the ground floor while his niece
and wife were asleep on the roof.

"Around midnight, Asha insisted that her aunt to go to the downstairs.
As she gave no apparent reason, my wife came down and woke me up. I
went out to find that boy outside my house. Mera dimaag ghoom gaya (I
lost my mind). No gentleman comes to meet a friend at midnight...I
asked Asha's parents to come over," he said.

Honour killing takes place in Delhi

After the couple was caught by the girl's uncle, they were tortured.

"During interrogation, the accused said they flogged the couple and
stuffed cloth in their mouths to muffle their cries. They were, in all
probability, tied up before electric shocks were passed through their
hands and feet. The actual cause of death will be ascertained after we
receive the post-mortem report," said DCP (northwest) N S Bundela.

Asha, 19, and Yogesh, 21, were beaten with steel rods before being

Besides Omprakash and Suresh Kumar Saini, Asha's father, a manhunt has
been launched for the girl's mother Maya, Omprakash's wife and son
Sanjeev, all of whom have gone into hiding.

Omprakash claimed societal norms dictated his actions.

"Yogesh, our next door neighbour at Gokalpuri, had no meaningful
employment and he belonged to a low caste. His friendship with my
niece was found out two months ago. We met his sister and it was
settled that he would discontinue the relationship. We decided to
marry off Asha in Sonipat to save our family honour," said the Sadar
Bazar-based trader.

Delhi couple found murdered, honour killing suspected

"However, my niece did not approve of our decision. My younger brother
(Asha's father) was apprehensive that if she continued to live in
Gokalpuri, it would be difficult for her to control her emotions.
Fifteen days ago, she came to stay with us,'' he added.


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