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Maya Khan

Maya Khan, 16, India.

Her biggest fault was that she fell in love with a boy her parents didn’t approve of. As a result, 16-year-old Maya Khan’s throat was slit by her own cousin and her body flung away. On Saturday, police arrested her parents and the cousin for the murder.

The case of honour killing was reported from Talgram village in Murshidabad’s Kandi block. Officers from Bharatpur police station had retrieved Maya’s body on July 3 from the Maurakshi char. She was the daughter of Tajem Khan and Hanifa Bibi.

Investigations revealed that Tajem and Hanifa were trying to get their daughter married off to a groom of their choice. But Maya was having an affair with another local youth and despite repeated warnings she refused to break off the relationship. Her parents asked her cousin Mantu Sheikh to threaten her as well but she refused to pay heed.

It was then that the family decided that to protect their honour’, the girl would have to be killed. On July 2, Mantu called Maya away from her home and took her to an abandoned house. There he slit her throat. At night, the body was dumped on the char. Police retrieved it the next day after some fishermen raised an alarm.

After hearing some eyewitness accounts, police first arrested Mantu on Friday evening. Interrogating him, police found that Mantu had murdered the girl at the behest of Maya’s parents. He spilled the beans on them, saying that they could not tolerate her having an affair. Mantu also confessed to having killed his own sister after she had had an affair.

Police records showed that Mantu had been arrested in that case as well but was granted bail for lack of evidence.

 

 

 

 

Maya khan, age – 16 years

 

The accused                      : her parents – Tajem and hannefa and her cousin – Mantu sheikh.

 

Place of Murder                : Village – Talgram, District – Murshidabad’s kandi block

Date of Murder                 : 3 July 2011

 

Assasination                      : Investigations revealed that Tajem and Hanifa were trying to get their daughter married off to a groom of their choice. But Maya was having an affair with another local youth and despite repeated warnings she refused to break off the relationship. Her parents asked her cousin Mantu Sheikh to threaten her as well but she refused to pay heed.

It was then that the family decided that to protect their honour’, the girl would have to be killed. On July 2, Mantu called Maya away from her home and took her to an abandoned house. There he slit her throat. At night, the body was dumped on the char. Police retrieved it the next day after some fishermen raised an alarm.

 

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