21-year-old lynched in honour killing in Haryana

Last Updated: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 22:26

Jind: In yet another case of honour
killing, a newly-wed young man was lynched in the presence of
police escort by villagers, who were opposed to his marrying
in the same sub-caste, when he came to take back his wife in
Haryana`s Jind district.

The family of Ved Pal, 21, blamed "police inaction" for
his death saying the youth had taken a court order for the
custody of his wife of four months Sonia.

They said he was accompanied by a Warrant Officer of
the Punjab and Haryana High Court and 15 Haryana policemen
when he was attacked by residents of Singhwal village, about
165 kms from Chandigarh, last night.

Denying allegations that Pal was left to the mercy of
the mob by the policemen, Jind police chief Satheesh Balan
a crowd of nearly 400 people attacked the police party and
Warrant Officer Suraj Bhan who were in different vehicles.

The crowd dragged Bhan out of the vehicle even as Pal
panicked and tried to escape under the cover of darkness, but
was surrounded and lynched by the villagers who were against
his marriage, the officer said.

A case under Section 302 (murder) and other offences
under IPC have been registered against the girl`s parents and
unidentified villagers, Balan said.

"We have launched a search for the girl to record her
statement," he said.

Balan said after the marriage, Sonia, who belonged to
the same `gotra` (sub-caste) as Pal, had been allegedly kept
under "illegal confinement" by her parents prompting Pal to
move the High Court to seek her custody.

Balan said the policemen managed to rescue Bhan who
was injured and taken to Narwana in this district.

Pal`s body was kept on the village road before being
removed by the police for post mortem and was later handed
over to his relatives. The body of Pal was cremated in his
native Matour village in neighbouring Kaithal district, which
was gripped by tension.

The victim`s family members told reporters in Matour
that had the police acted on time, they could have saved him.

Meanwhile, police have been deployed near the house of
Sonia.

The latest incident comes amid a raging `gotra`
controversy involving a young couple from Jhajjar district,
where a youth`s family had been directed to leave the village
by a local panchayat after he married a girl of the same
sub-caste.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the
Haryana Government to provide adequate security to the family
of the groom.

Earlier, decomposed bodies of Manoj (23) and his wife
Babli (19), residents of Karora village in Kaithal district
who belonged to the same `gotra`, were fished out from a canal
in Narnound town in Hisar district after a panchayat opposed
their marriage.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 22:26

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