Wednesday, February 9, 2011

[ZESTCaste] 30-year-old woman killed for deciding to re-marry

30-year-old woman killed for deciding to re-marry
Published: Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011, 3:07 IST
By Manish K Pathak | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

In a case bearing resemblance to honour killings elsewhere in the
country, a 30-year-old woman was killed by relatives for deciding to
re-marry. Shabana Khan, a resident of Shivaji Nagar, Govandi, was
strangulated in the wee hours of Monday. The police arrested the
suspects on Tuesday.

According to the police, Shabana, a mother of two, had reportedly
separated from her husband a few years ago. She had planned to get
married to a person named Ali. "Her cousins were not happy about her
decision,'' B Pardeshi, inspector of the Shivaji Nagar police station

"On Sunday, she had gone out and returned home at around 11.30pm. The
suspects entered her house a little after midnight by opening the lock
with a duplicate key. They strangulated Shabana with a rope and left
the spot immediately," a police officer from Shivaji Nagar police
station said.

Her ten-year-old daughter woke up on hearing the commotion and saw the
suspects fleeing. "She immediately raised an alarm and alerted the
neighbours, who rushed Khan to a nearby hospital," the officer said.
Khan was declared dead before admission.

The Shivaji Nagar police got into action immediately, and a thorough
investigation over the next 24-hours revealed that two of Khan's
cousins were involved in the crime and they had sought help from two

"Those arrested have been identified as Maqsood Baig alias Vicky, 24,
Mohammad Amir Khan, 18, Mohammad Moid Khan, 18, and Akhtar Ali, 20,"
the officer said. Primary investigation indicates that they were
against Shabana's decision to re-marry.

According to police, the deceased, a resident of Lotus colony in
Govandi, had separated from her husband a few years ago. She had four
children out of the wedlock. After separation two children stayed with
her while the other two went with the husband.


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