Family justifies Delhi honour killing

The family of those accused in Delhi`s triple murder case has justified the honour killing.

Last Updated: Jun 23, 2010, 12:38 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The family of Mandeep, who is one of the absconding accused in Delhi’s sensational triple murder case, has justified the honour killing of Kuldeep, Monica and her cousin Shobha, said reports on Wednesday.

Dharamveer Nagar, who is the uncle of Mandeep and co-accused Ankit, said that the killings were necessary for upholding the family’s honour. The third accused in the case is Nakul, who is said to be Mandeep’s friend.

Nagar also said that legal support would be provided to the accused by the family.

The shocking claims from Mandeep’s family came at a time when Delhi Police has declared a reward to any one providing crucial information that can help it locate the killers.

The matter first came to light on June 21 when Delhi Police recovered the blood-stained bodies of 26-year-old Kuldeep and Monica, 24, from near their residence in Ashok Vihar locality in the capital. The case took a serious turn when the body of Monica`s cousin, Shobhana, was found barely 300 metres away from their residence the next day.

All three victims- Kuldeep, Monica and Shobha – were from the same family in West Delhi. Monica is the sister of Ankit and Mandeep is Shobha’s brother. Shobha had helped Monica elope in past to marry Kuldeep against her parents’ wishes. Shobha was also in love with a man her parents did not approve of.
Police feel that the perpetrators of the crime could have been enraged over inter-caste marriages in the family which apparently started with Monica, 24, who was followed by her cousin sister Shobha.

Mandeep`s another sister Khushbu, who too has married a man belonging to a different community, is under police protection.
Police said Shobha`s body was lying in the car at H-Block in Ashok Vihar Phase-I in northwest Delhi. The vehicle belonged to a relative of Kuldeep. The car was missing since the murder of the couple.