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9/20/2013 (2 years ago)

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Horrific ordeal latest example of long disreputable 'honor' killing

A young Indian woman was beaten to death by members of her own family and her boyfriend beheaded in despicable honor killing. The couple had been lured back to their home village under the impression that they were going to be allowed to marry. 

India has for centuries seen killings that often target young couples who have relationships of which their families or rural communities disapprove. Reasons are usually for having relationships outside of their caste or religion.

India has for centuries seen killings that often target young couples who have relationships of which their families or rural communities disapprove. Reasons are usually for having relationships outside of their caste or religion.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

9/20/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Honor killing, India, caste, family reputation, torture, murder

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Twenty-year-old fine arts student Nidhi Barak and her 23-year-old boyfriend Dharmender Barak, 23, who studying at technical college, were killed last as the locals in Gharnavati village in the Indian state of Haryana watched on.

The pair had eloped to nearby Delhi as their families did not approve of their relationship. Lured back with promises that they would not be harmed and would finally be allowed to marry.

Barak's parents and uncle have been arrested. Police are now trying to trace her brother and other family members who disappeared after the crime.

Police say the young couple was tortured for several hours at Barak's home before she was beaten to death in full public view.

Dharmender was beaten and his arms and legs broken, before he was beheaded. His body was reportedly dumped near his family's home at a public square in the village.

Alerted by a villager, police reportedly caught Barak's family cremating her body on a pyre. Both her half-burnt body and that of Dharmender Barak have been sent for a post-mortem.

"While murdering the boy they also beheaded him," local police chief Anil Kumar said. "We have arrested her father, mother and uncle and we are looking for her brother, a friend and driver of the car in which the couple were brought back to her home in Gharnavati village.

"Both belonged to the same village and the same caste. It is an honor killing but the murder was not approved by society.'

India has for centuries seen killings that often target young couples who have relationships of which their families or rural communities disapprove. Reasons are usually for having relationships outside of their caste or religion.

The killings are carried out by relatives to protect the family's reputation and pride.

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