Man kills sister for ‘illicit affair’, carries head to cops

In one of the most gory cases of honour killing, a youth beheaded his sister for her alleged extramarital affair and walked to a police station carrying the severed head in one hand and blood-dripping sword in the other at Nadial in the outskirts of Kolkata on Friday afternoon.

The youth, who has been identified as 29-year-old Mehtab Alam, beheaded 22-year-old Nilofer Biwi in full public view. This is the first reported instance of honour killing in West Bengal.

Police sources said Nilofer had married Akbar, a local businessman, eight years ago. A mother of two children — six-year-old son and four-year-old daughter — Nilofer left her husband's house a month ago to stay with her father. On November 28, she went missing and the family lodged a complaint with the police. Later, Nilofer's brother Mehtab, a garment trader in the area, came to know that his sister had eloped with a local rickshaw puller, Firoz.

On Friday, an angry Mehtab reached Firoz's house. There he came to know that Firoz had taken shelter at his brother's house along with Nilofer since they apprehended trouble from her family.

Sword in hand, Mehtab reached the house where Nilofer was staying. Incidentally, Firoz and his brother were not present there. Mehtab dragged Nilofer out of the house as the crowd gathered. When Firoz's sister-in-law, Saboo, tried to resist Mehtab, he chopped off her hand.

Amidst the gathered crowd, Mehtab then beheaded her sister. With the severed head in his hand, Mehtab started walking through the crowded streets to the police station, a kilometre away. He reportedly warned the people not to "disturb him".

As he reached Nadial police station, Mehtab was immediately arrested. He told police that he did not regret his act.

"Mehtab told us that he is feeling proud that he has given justice to his family. He told us that his sister played with the honour of his family and he has punished her. He also said that he was not scared of any punishment," said a senior police officer.

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