An 18-year-old woman was allegedly killed by her brothers in northern India as they did not approve of her planned marriage to a man from a different caste, officials and news reports said Tuesday.
After hearing of her death on Sunday, her 23-year-old partner took poison and died in hospital.
A criminal case was registered following the deaths in Uttar Pradesh state’s Moradabad district on Monday, said district police official Shailendra Pratap.
“She was thrashed and beaten badly by them (the brothers). She later succumbed to her injuries,” the dead man’s mother told reporters.
Broadcaster NDTV reported that the brothers were against the marriage because of caste differences. They fled and the police were conducting raids to arrest them.
Indian media have reported a spate of murders over recent years by kinsmen to protect the “honour” of families and villages when couples ignore the traditional restrictions of caste, religion or background in their choice of partner.
The Supreme Court last year recommended the death penalty for those convicted of committing “honour killings,” saying this would prove a deterrent and stop such “barbaric and feudal” practices.