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Indian Couple Beaten To Death, Cremated By Relatives

Posted: May 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Police in eastern India on Thursday announced the arrest of one person and are the search for 14 others after a couple who had eloped together were beaten to death and cremated by relatives as a crowd looked on.

Reuters reported that Jairam Manjhi, 25, and his 16-year-old girlfriend Parvati Kumari were stopped by Kumari’s relatives at a railway station in Gaya district as they tried to run away together on Wednesday morning, police said.

“They were brought back to the girl’s village under heavy protection, beaten to death and then cremated together outside the village,” Gaya’s Sub-Divisional Police Officer Manoj Kumar Sudhanshu told Reuters.

“This is a clear case of ‘honour killing’. They took the law into their own hands.”

Manjhi, who was married and had three children, had been in a relationship with Kumari for six months, and this had angered Kumari’s family in Amaitha village, police said.

No one in the village tried to stop the attack on the couple, and police heard of it only when someone from a neighbouring village reported the crime.

Kumari’s aunt has been arrested and police are carrying out raids and searching for 14 other people, some of them Kumari’s relatives, police said.