A suspected case of honour killing has come to light in Gaya district where police have arrested three persons, including the parents of a 16-year-old girl whose mutilated body was found earlier this week, days after she went missing from her home, an official said Thursday.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Gaya, Rajiv Mishra stated this a day after hundreds of citizens had hit the streets on Wednesday, taking out a candle march in protest against the gruesome murder of the teenager who hailed from Patwa Toli locality under Buniadpur police station area.
The girls body was found on January 6 with the head severed, the face burnt with acid and other parts mutilated.
"The body was found two days after we had lodged an FIR on January 4 taking cognizance of social media reports of her disappearance. The girl had been missing since December 31 but at no point of time did any member of the family contact the police which gives rise to suspicions," he said.
The SSP said as per investigations so far, the girl had gone out of her home on December 28 and returned on December 31. Apparently when family members demanded an answer about her absence for three days she confessed to have been away with her paramour. On the night of the very same day she was sent out of her home along with a friend of her father. That was the last time anybody saw her..
"It does prima facie appear to be a case of honour killing if we join the dots. The family members had not informed the police even when she was traceless during December 28-31. We have arrested her parents besides the friend of her father. We have also detained her paramour for questioning," the SSP added.
Replying to a query, he said "medical tests have not confirmed any type of sexual assault on the deceased girl prior to her murder. We are facing some difficulties in the investigation because of the non-cooperative attitude displayed by her family members but we are confident that the case will be cracked soon.