Parents held for killing girl in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Sep 21 : A couple was arrested near the Odisha capital for killing their 18-year-old daughter for marrying a man against their wishes, police said Saturday.

Radha Gobinda Mallick, 45, and his wife Santilata, 40, burned their daughter Uma to death in a house on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar Friday, said S.K. Patnaik, officer in charge of Balakati police station.

The couple, natives of Panpana village in the coastal district of Balasore, about 200 km from here, was angry after Uma eloped with 28-year-old Nigamananda Mallick, also from the same village, a few months ago.

Uma was staying with Nigamananda in a rented house at Balakati for the last two months.

Mallick and his wife reached the house Thursday and requested their daughter to snap ties with Nigamananda.

When she refused, the couple next day tied her up, gagged her, and poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze, police said.

Police have also detained Nigamananda for questioning.

This was the second incident of honour killing reported in the state in less than two months. A couple was arrested in Ganjam district in August for murdering their 18-year-old daughter for having relationships with some men.

--IANS (Posted on 21-09-2013)

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