Police said Mr Alam, a tailor by profession, accused his sister, Neelofar Bibi, 24, of bringing dishonour to the family by having an extra-marital affair. “He admitted to killing her for protecting family honour. He wanted to kill her paramour too,” a police official said.
Residents of Ayubnagar locality located only 10 miles from Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) city centre were shocked as eyewitnesses narrated how atrociously Mr Alam severed the head of his sister with a strike of the sword.
An eyewitness told CNN-IBN: “The woman's brother cut her head off with a sword. He took the head to the police station and surrendered. The woman had an extra-marital affair, which enraged Alam and so he killed her.”
After discovering that his sister, a mother of two was staying with Firoz, a rickshaw-puller with whom she had eloped, Alam went to his house on Friday, dragged her out and beheaded her in full public glare.
“He had even attacked Firoz's sister-in-law, Saboo, who tried to save Nilofar. Saboo's right arm is nearly severed and she is battling for life in hospital,” joint commissioner-crime Pallab Kanti Ghosh said.
Nilofar had a son and a daughter with Akbar with whom she was arrange-married when she was just 14. Alleging that she was being harassed and tortured by Akbar’s brother, she ran away from her in-laws house to return to her paternal home.
Her father lodged a missing report at Nadial police station after she mysteriously disappeared from her home on November 30.
Killings for so-called honour continue with alarming frequencies in India, especially in northern states and experts believe failure of police to protect the victims or prosecute the perpetrators is a major reason.
Even though there are no statistics available on the number of ‘honour killings’ across the country, but according to some recent studies, hundreds of people are killed each year for marrying against their families’ wishes.