Girl found hanging; cops suspect honour killing
KOMAROLE (PRAKASAM): In a suspected case of honour killing, a 19-yearold girl was found dead at Nagireddipalli village under Giddalur police limits on Monday.
The deceased was identified as Kondaboina Indra Kalavathi. Kalavathi is a matriculate who failed to crack her Intermediate examination after multiple attempts.
Villagers said the family carried out the cremation hurriedly raising questions over the circumstances of her death.
The police have registered a case under Section 174 of CrPC (suspicious death) and are waiting for the post-mortem report to ascertain the cause of death.
According to Giddalur sub-inspector Mallikarjuna the death could be a case of honour killing or suicide. Mallikarjuna said the family told him that they found Kalavathi hanging herself around 1 am. Her father Avulaiah (55), a retired BSF constable, cremated her to avoid any police case. Villagers who knew about Kalavathi’s affair with a Dalit boy noticed that she was cremated at an open ground and informed the police.
Police have taken Avulaiah into custody. Mallikarjuna said Avulaiah disapproved of his daughter’s relationship and said the girl was engaged to another man.
Cops suspect that Kalavathi’s relationship with the Dalit may have played a role, if the post-mortem points towards suicide or murder.
Villagers said the father and the daughter used to quarrel over the latter’s relationship with the Dalit boy and had fought even on Sunday. Police sources, however, said the boy denied any relationship with Kalavathi.