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Indian couple found stuffed in boxes in suspected honour killing

06 April 2015, 19:32

New Delhi - The naked bodies of a young couple were found stuffed in boxes in a northern Indian state on Monday, police said, suspecting they were victims of an honour killing.

Locals discovered the dead pair, believed to be in their mid to late 20s, in separate metal trunks in a public park in Haryana state, around 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of New Delhi.

Police said the man's legs had been chopped off and put inside the trunk, while his partner was found wearing a set of glass bangles traditionally worn by newly-wed women.

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"It appears they were strangulated and dumped here later. They are yet to be identified," the chief investigating officer, Praveen Kumar, told AFP.

"It seems like a case of honour killing because the woman is wearing wedding bangles but we are not ruling out other motives," he added.

India has witnessed honour killings, where couples are targeted because their families or communities disapprove of their relationships, for centuries, especially in rural areas.

They are carried out by close relatives or village elders to protect what is seen as the family's reputation and pride in a hereditary-based caste system.

The latest incident comes two days after Haryana police arrested a man and his son for killing his teenage daughter over an inter-caste relationship with a boy.

In 2013, a man was beheaded and his wife was killed by her own family for eloping within the same clan.



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