New Delhi, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- A man, upset with his 17-year-old daughter’s affair with a boy, beheaded her and walked to a police station in north India with the severed head, police said on Thursday.
A graphic video of the man in his 40s carrying a human head as he walks to surrender to police was splashed over the social media networks and widely run on TV channels in India.
The incident is the latest in a series of gruesome crimes against women in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
“The accused caught his daughter in a compromising position with a young man. He lost his cool and beheaded his daughter,” Anurag Vats, a senior police officer in Hardoi district, told EFE.
“He was arrested while he was on his way to the police station carrying the head of his daughter.”
Uttar Pradesh, the most populous and impoverished state of India, often reports cases of violence against women, sometimes too brutal, causing a country-wide outrage.
Last month, three girls from the Dalit community, the marginalized outcasts of the Hindu society, were poisoned, by a jilted lover after the eldest of them snubbed him on Valentine’s Day.
Two of the poisoned girls succumbed at a hospital.
In 2019, a woman in Unnao was charred to death when she was on her way to testify against her alleged rapists.
A lawmaker from the ruling BJP was convicted of rape in the same.
In September last year, a young woman from the Dalit community, formerly an untouchable community, was allegedly gang-raped and killed by upper caste men in a village in the Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh.
The incident triggered widespread protests demanding justice and an end to violence against the Dalits who figure at the bottom of India’s caste hierarchy, have suffered centuries of discrimination and continue to endure atrocities despite laws to protect them.
According to the latest data from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 33,977 rapes were reported in the country in 2018, of which 2,957 were against low-caste women. EFE-EPA