06/16/2010 11:17 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Indian Couple Electrocuted By Bride's Family For Marrying Outside Caste

By Andrew Buncombe, The Independent

In an alleyway in Delhi choked with flies and neighbours in mourning, Devindri Devi held up a photograph of her nephew. "We had agreed to the marriage but her family did not," she said, as she looked at the picture of the soft-faced young man. "It was because he is from a different caste."

In a case that has stunned India's capital, Mrs Devi's nephew and his teenage girlfriend were tortured and murdered in a so-called honour killing, allegedly by the young woman's family, who objected to the relationship.

Over a period of several hours, the young couple were bound, beaten and given electric shocks before they died. All that time, the woman screamed and begged with her assailants - apparently her uncle and father - to spare the life of the young man whom she so wanted to marry.

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