Honour killing: Couple electrocuted in New Delhi

NEW DELHI: The father and uncle of 19-year-old Asha who was tortured to death along with her 20-year-old boyfriend Yogesh Kumar have been arrested after they confessed to the crime, police said on Tuesday, describing the gruesome murders as a case of honour killing.

The couple was found dead on Monday at her uncle's house in Swaroop Nagar in northwest Delhi with multiple stab wounds.

"We arrested the father, Suresh Kumar Saini, and uncle, Om Prakash, late on Monday. During the interrogation, they confessed to the double murder," Pankaj Sharma, the investigating officer, said.

"The two are in police custody now and will be produced in the sessions court in Rohini on Tuesday," he added.

Officials have described it as a case of honour killing as the couple belonged to different castes and Asha's family was vehemently opposed to the match.

"It looks like a case of honour killing. The girl's marriage was fixed with somebody else because she and Yogesh were from different castes," a police official said.

"On Sunday, the girl came to stay at her uncle's house and was assaulted along with her boyfriend and killed by her family," the official added.

Renu, Yogesh's elder sister, said: "Asha wanted to marry my brother but her family forcibly fixed her marriage to somebody else. On an earlier occasion, her mother had come to our place and threatened dire consequences if Yogesh did not stop meeting her."