Two men arrested for 'honour killings' in India

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Old 20-Apr-2011
Two men arrested for 'honour killings' in India

Bhiwani: A convicted rapist out on bail has been arrested along with his cousin for brutally beating his own aunt and another widow to death in the name of family honour.

The two women were attacked at Ranila village in Bhiwani district late on Sunday night. The horrific crime was committed in front of at least 200 villagers, including dozens of women, but nobody came to the two women's rescue.

"The bodies were lying unattended in the open and nobody had touched them until the arrival of police," said a police official.

Strict action

The victims were identified as Suman, 35, the mother of an eight-year-old girl, and Shakuntala, 40, the mother of a 15-year-old boy.

They were beaten with sticks by Shakuntala's nephew Naresh, 23, and his cousin Subhash, 22, police said.

"We have booked the accused for trespass and murder. This is a heinous twin murder case, and we will make sure that strict action is taken against the accused," Bhiwani's superintendent, told IANS.

"The accused were suspicious about the women's characters and had also threatened the villagers of dire consequences if anyone dared to save them," the police official said.

"We have arrested both. Naresh is already a convict in a rape case and he was out of jail on parole. He had come to the village only 10 days ago."

The men surrendered and confessed their crime, the official added.

"We have killed them as they were spoiling the image of our family and bringing a bad name to our community," Naresh told police.

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