Tuesday, March 25, 2014

More Injustice For Indian Women

A 26-year-old girl has been found murdered in what police say is an "honor killing" in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.   Her parents, who are now in custody, openly admitted they strangled their daughter after she married against their wishes.

In 2010, the young technology worker fell in love with a co-worker, but her parents thought he came from an unsuitable community.   They eventually got engaged, and she tried to convince them to let her marry him-- but they refused.  The couple finally got married last week at the Arya Samaj temple in Hyderabad, after which tragic consequences followed.

Her parents appeared to relent--- and took the newlyweds to the family's native town in Guntur, saying  that they had accepted the marriage and that the couple only needed to perform some rituals at Guntur.  After arriving, the parents asked the groom and his friends to stay at a lodge-- after which the parents spirited their daughter away and returned to their house in Hyderabad.  The husband tried to call his wife on her cellphone  the next morning-- and as there was no response, he alerted police who broke open the door of the parents' house to find the his wife lying dead on her bed. She had been strangulated with her own chunri (scarf).  After confessing to the crime, the parents have made no public comment.

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