A 19-year-old teenage girl from an Indian village was reportedly stoned to death recently by her own father and brother because she went on a date with a man from the “wrong village.”
The victim of the brutal stoning, Pratibha Khan, was found by friends in a field near to her home in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state with her face reportedly “smashed beyond recognition,” after she had been caught dating someone from a neighboring village.
The Daily Mail reports that investigators said that Khan was dragged there by father Jagpal, 65, and eldest brother Pradeep, 36, who were angry she was dating the boy from the nearby village, before being attacked and killed by her closest relatives.
The police confirmed that the victim was beaten with bricks and stones before being strangled to death, and that more injuries were inflicted after she had died in an attempt to hide her identity.
A close friend of Khan, Alia Modi, told reporters, “I was walking home through the fields when I saw a body lying on the ground. It was covered in blood and when I looked at the face it was so badly damaged I didn’t recognise it as Pratibha’s. It was only later that I learnt who it was and I was simply horrified.”
According to a police spokesman, “The post-mortem report showed that while the cause of death was strangulation, it appeared that she had been repeatedly struck by bricks and stones. Perhaps to hide her identity, some of the blunt force injuries to her face were made after her death, but most weren’t. It looks like the brother and father dragged her to the fields and assaulted her with bricks and stones. They then strangled her and went on to smash her face beyond recognition.”
The suspected perpetrators of the heinous crime have already been arrested and charged, as the police told reporters, “An analysis of her mobile phone records pointed to the involvement of her family members, in particular the brother and father. Initially, her brother Pradeep was questioned and claimed she was killed by her lover.”
In responding to the brutal murder of his sister, another sibling, 33-year-old Prabhat, told reporters, “I am neither sorry nor surprised that my sister is dead. If what people say is true, then I am not surprised that my father and brother killed her.”