Indian teenager poisons her father and brother… because they disapproved of her boyfriend

A teenage girl has been arrested in India on  charges of killing her father and brother who opposed her affair with a  lower-caste boy.

According to police, the 14-year-old  confessed yesterday to mixing poison  with a vegetable curry which she served to her father and younger brother who  both died after consuming the dish.

The incident – a  reversal of the usual ‘honour killing’ scenario – occurred  on Saturday in Malpur village, 45 miles from Patna, the state capital of  Bihar.

Reverse-honour killing: The deaths occurred in the small rural village of Malpur, 45 minutes from Patna, in the province of Bihar in India

Reverse-honour killing: The deaths occurred in the small  rural village of Malpur, 45 minutes from Patna, in the province of Bihar in  India

The girl’s mother, Sunita Devi, told police  she survived because she had been ill and refused to eat the food.

‘The girl took this extreme step as her  family members, including father, brother and mother, were… against her love  affair with a boy and her plans to marry him,’ senior police officer Upendra  Kumar Sinha said.

The boy was a member of India’s Dalit  community.

Dalits, or ‘untouchables’ as they used to be  known, occupy the lowest rung in India’s rigid caste hierarchy.

Most live in poverty and do menial,  supposedly ‘unclean’ jobs like collecting garbage.

The girl’s family, which belong to a higher  caste, had previously beaten the boy when the couple were caught trying to  elope.

Such incidents resulting from disputed  inter-caste relationships more commonly see male family members murdering their  daughter or sister for bringing ‘dishonour’ on the family.

There are no official figures on honour  killings, though an independent study in 2010 suggested as many as 900 were  committed every year in the northern Indian states of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar  Pradesh.

Bihar  is one of India’s most impoverished and caste-ridden states.

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