Two Muslim Women Strangle Own Daughters for Marrying Hindu Men
Posted by jagoindia on June 4, 2011
Killer moms jailed for honour killings in Uttar Pradesh
Mail Today Bureau | Baghpat, May 15, 2011 | Updated 08:14 IST
Not even a week has passed since the Supreme Court had sought capital punishment for those involved in honour killing. But that seemed to have had little effect on two Muslim women who strangled their daughters to death for eloping with two migrant Hindu labourers, whom they later married.
The women were arrested and sent to judicial custody by a trial court on Friday. What was horrifying was that the women – Khatun and Subrato, mothers of 19-year-old Zahida and Husna (26), respectively – showed no signs of remorse and justified their action in the name of family honour. And they killed their daughters despite signing a bond with the local district collector that they would not harm their children.
“People who take such steps require a befitting punishment. This should be the treatment meted out to young people from our religion who marry into families of other faiths,” Khatun said. Police are on the lookout for a third woman, Momin, who they believe was also involved in the murders. “We suspect that she was a conduit in the murders. We are expecting a breakthrough in the next 24 hours,” Baghpat SHO Anil Kumar Kusan, said.
The cold-blooded murders took place in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, on Wednesday night. Zahida and Husna were friends and lived in the same area. Both fell in love with two Bihari labourers working in a construction firm. Fearing that their families won’t give consent to their weddings, the two fled with their migrant boyfriends to Bihar. There they got married on May 3.
A week later the girls returned to Baghpat with a desire to reconcile with their parents. But fearing reprisals, they sought police protection. The police directed the matter to the district collector who made the mothers sign a bond forbidding them to harm their children. This, the collector said, was aimed at sorting out the problems amicably and prevent a possible communal riot among the Hindus and the Muslims in the area.
But a day after they returned to their respective homes, Zahida and Husna were tied to cots by their mothers while they were sleeping. They then strangled them.
The next day Saira, Zahida’s elder sister, woke up to see her mother sitting beside the body. Her mother confessed to the crime and Saira informed the police.