Unknown woman

January, 2011

Fatehabad, April 5: The police has finally come out with the revelation that the mysterious disappearance of a 19-year-old woman from her house in Chaplamouri village on the intervening night of March 17 and 18 and the subsequent recovery of her body from a canal near Pilimandori on March 25 was, in fact, a case of honour killing.

The police has arrested the victim’s brother, Ravi Kant, a kin, Vinod Kumar, and another person, Satpal, in connection with the murder and has also recovered the vehicle allegedly used by the accused for transporting the body to the canal, where it was thrown. The victim was strangled to death.

The Tribune, in a report dated March 29, had cited the circumstances that pointed towards this direction and had also quoted villagers in this regard. The police had, however, said the report from the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) was still awaited and the investigation would go further only after the report was received.

While the report from the FSL is still awaited, the police today arrested Ravi Kant (33) and two other accused in connection with the murder.

Bimla Devi, Station House Officer of the Fatehabad Sadar police station, told The Tribune that Ravi Kant, who had lodged a complaint of the kidnapping of his sister by two brothers - Mange Ram, Mohinder - and their father Surja Ram, had now confessed to his crime and had admitted that he killed his sister as she had developed illicit relations with Mange Ram and was not willing to sever these relations despite the family’s objections.

“The woman was married but was living with her parents and had refused to go to her husband as she had developed relations with Ravi Kant’s friend Mange Ram, a fact that Mange Ram has also admitted. Ravi Kant’s wife, who was married to him under the barter system, was also not being sent by her parents to go to live with him till the victim came to live in their family,” the SHO said.

She said Ravi Kant strangled the victim around midnight on March 17 and threw her body in a canal with the help of his nephew Vinod and friend Satpal.

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