In a suspected case of honour killing, a 19-year-old woman was allegedly killed by her father and cousin brothers, including a minor, for being during a relationship with a person from a special caste, in Ramaganagra district which is about 50 km from Bengaluru. All three are arrested, police said.
The case was initially registered as that of a missing woman but later clothed to be an event of honour killing, police added.
According to Ramanagara district police, Hemalatha (19), who belonged to the upper caste Vokkaliga community and was a resident of Bettadahalli village in Magadi Taluk, was during a relationship with Puneeth, who belongs to the Scheduled Caste.
On October 9, police said, Krishnappa had filed a complaint over his missing daughter who was a B.Com student. The woman’s body was found during a farm belonging to Krishnappa’s brother on the subsequent day.
“The trio had planned the murder well to confuse the police. On October 8, all three of them killed Hemalatha and buried her body within the farm. subsequent day, Krishnappa lodged a missing complaint with the police,” military officer of Police (Central Range) Seemant Kumar Singh told indianexpress.com
However, Hemalatha’s relations took to social media to say that she was allegedly gangraped and killed by Puneeth and his friends.
“We formed a 21-member police team to research what happened. On October 10, the body was found and therefore the last rites were performed ahead of the family. Hemalatha’s parents weren’t seen grieving. Her father came to the police headquarters only 24 hours later to file a missing complaint. We later found it to be a case of honour killing case,” Ramangara SP Girish said.