India: Brother beheads pregnant sister for marrying man without family’s consent

Police in India arrested a teenager suspected of beheading his pregnant older sister. The woman, 19, had married a man without her family’s consent, local police officials said.

She was making tea for her brother and mother when she was attacked with a sickle. The teenager and his mother then surrendered to the police.

Police suspect they also took a selfie with the dead woman’s head.

The brother was sent to a remand home for juveniles after his lawyer said he was less than 18 years old.

However, a police official said they would contest this claim in court as they had found a certificate that showed him to be an adult.

Their mother was sent to police custody.

The incident took place in the western state of Maharashtra, Aurangabad district.

Campaigners say hundreds of people are killed each year in India for falling in love or marrying against their families’ wishes.

These murders are often called “honour killings”, referring to the age-old notions of tradition and family honour which are still deeply entrenched in many parts of Indian society.