17-Year-Old Burnt Alive in an “Honor Killing”
Rohtak, Haryana, September 14, 2012
17-year-old Monika Rani who was secretly in love with a man of a higher caste. According to one eye witness, ““On Thursday evening, Monika’s brother spotted her with the same boy at the village bus stand. The boy ran away, but the brother caught hold of Monika and called some other family members. They dragged her nearly 1 km to their house, as the pillion rider held Monika by her hair.” Another eye witness said, “Monika’s mother tried to intervene but was beaten up. Some villagers said they should quietly kill the girl, so the family’s men took her to the cremation ground and burnt her even though she was breathing.” The village where this happened boasts of being an education hub – it has 10 government and private schools, two education colleges, a nursing college, an industrial training institute (ITI), and more than 95% population of the village is literate. The police has not yet registered a case. Full report here.