Daily US Times: India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state police have arrested a man who confessed to beheading his teenage daughter.
Sarvesh Kumar, a vegetable seller from Pandetara village, was arrested on Wednesday night as he was walking toward a police station in Hardoi district, carrying the severed head of his 17-year-old daughter.
A spokesperson for Hardoi Police told CNN on Friday that he was making his way on foot to the police station to confess what he had done. The beheading caused an outcry in India.
The spokesperson added that Mr Kumar told police he had seen his daughter with a young man that he believes she was seeing, which made him angry as he was against it.
As Kumar made the one-mile walk from his home to the police station, local passersby alerted the police, who stopped him and began to film him.
According to the police spokesperson, during this time, Kumar told authorities about his daughter’s relationship, saying he had found her alone at home, locked her in a room and severed her head using a knife.
The police spokesperson added: “Considering the situation, he was calm. He wasn’t crying or hysterical. When the policemen were speaking to him, they asked him to place his daughter’s head on the ground and to sit down, which he listened to without arguing back.”
Kumar is currently in custody where he continues to be questioned, police said. A list of charges will be compiled once the investigation is done. Police said he will have access to a public lawyer once he has been formally charged, and he will remain in custody until the trial.
According to statistics from India’s National Crime Records Bureau, India reported 24 so-called “honor killings” in 2019.