At least 10 members of a family were sentenced to death by a local court for killing an 18-year-old girl, her lover and the lover’s brother in 2008.

Vijaya, 18, her lover Udai Pal Singh and Singh’s brother Satyabhan were killed in Pilkathra village in Etah in November 2008. Vijaya’s father Ramesh Pal, along with his other family members and relatives, had killed the three people. Special judge R B Sharma pronounced the sentence. “Ramesh Pal was against his daughter Vijaya’s relationship with Udai Pal. The couple wanted to marry. Vijaya even eloped with Udai Pal,” public prosecutor Rajendra Sharma told reporters in Etah, some 400 km from Lucknow.

“Later when the couple returned, Ramesh Pal with the help of his family and other relatives shot dead his daughter, her lover and lover’s brother,” he added. According to Sharma, there were 13 people accused in the triple murder case. “Of the 13, ten were awarded death sentence while one was acquitted. The remaining two are minors. Their trial is taking place in a juvenile court,” said Sharma.


Five get death penalty for 2008 honour killing


A Delhi court on Thursday sentenced to death five of a family for the murder of the brother-in-law of a girl of the family who had married for love.

The girl’s brothers Sajid Wasim and Shabbir Kasim, her uncles Mohammed Saleem, Shaheen Zargam Ali and cousin Shaheen Abbas were convicted for the murder of Tariq, the brother of her husband Sadiq.

“The prosecution has successfully proved the motive behind the murder of Tariq — the love marriage between the girl and Sadiq. Thus the case falls under the category of honour killing. Since honour killing comes in the category of rarest of rare cases as held by the Supreme Court, I have no option but to award death sentence,” judge Bimla Kumari said.

The girl, a Shia Muslim, had married Sadiq, a Sunni “against the wishes of her family”, the court noted, leading to enmity between the two families. On July 7, 2008, Ali forcibly took Sadiq from his family’s home in old Delhi to a mosque, where the other four accused were waiting.

An altercation took place and Sadiq’s brothers Tariq and Tayyab, who had followed Ali, joined in. The accused shot them both. While Tariq died, Tayyab, though critically injured, survived.


Honour killing: Engineering student killed by girlfriend’s mother


In a case of honour killing, an engineering student, who was missing since last month, was allegedly killed by the mother of a girl with whom he had an affair, police said on Tuesday. Amandeep Kaur, who was arrested on Monday, during interrogation confessed to pushing Gurtej Singh into a canal as she was against her daughter’s relationship with the youth, they said. Gurtej, a student of Adesh Engineering College, had gone missing from his house on the night of August 26. His family had received ransom calls demanding Rs 1 crore. The victim’s father Sherjhang Singh had filed a police complaint against the girl’s family, alleging that he was abducted by them as they were against the affair.


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