A 22-year-old woman was strangled to death allegedly by her family, who later burnt her body, for marrying a man outside their caste, said Gurgaon Police Friday. The woman’s parents and brother have been arrested.
Police said the woman, Anjali, a BSc student, and her husband Sandeep are from Surheti in Jhajjar and lived in a residential society in Sector 102.
ACP (Crime) Varun Dahiya said Sandeep informed police that Anjali was missing from their flat, which they shared with her brother Kunal and his wife.
“Kunal was sent to stay with Anjali after the family formed a plan to kill her. On Thursday, when Sandeep went to his sister’s house for a festival and Kunal’s wife had gone to work, the brother informed his parents over the phone that Anjali was alone in the flat. Anjali’s parents, Kuldeep (44) and Rinki (42), went to the flat… Kunal also came (there)… Kuldeep strangled Anjali while the two held her. They then burnt her body in their village in Jhajjar to avoid a post-mortem examination and police investigation,” the ACP said.
Police said Kuldeep and Rinki were unhappy with Anjali’s decision to marry Sandeep without their consent as he was a Brahmin and she was a Jaat.
Police probe found that the parents went to the flat between 11am and 12 pm, killed Anjali and took her to the village in a car where they burnt the body. Police said they are also probing the role of Kunal’s wife.
On Thursday, Sandeep informed police that he had married Anjali, who was from his village, on December 19, 2022. Since the wedding, he had been living with her in the city.
Police said on Thursday, after he went to his sister’s house, a colleague called him around 1 pm and told that Anjali had died and her relatives were performing her last rites in Surheti. He rushed to his flat but found it locked. He filed a complaint and an FIR was registered under IPC sections pertaining to murder, causing disappearance of evidence, and common intention, added police.
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