VIJAYAWADA: IN a case of honour killing, a mother allegedly murdered her 17-year-old daughter by smothering her with a pillow at their residence in VAMBAY Colony in Vijayawada on Tuesday night. Bibi Jaan was enraged that her daughter Sheik Nazma had been having an affair with a neighbour, Deepak. Police arrested Bibi Jaan from a relative's house in Vujjuru on Friday.
Bibi Jaan had migrated from Khammam district in Telangana to Vijayawada a few months ago, along with her husband Mysore Jaan and their two daughters.
They were residing at VAMBAY Colony where their younger daughter Sheik Nazma fell in love with a neighbour. The affair caused friction in the family, particularly between Bibi Jaan and Nazma. "Bibi Jaan and Mysore Jaan were opposed to their daughter's relationship with Deepak as he is a divorcee," police said.
On Tuesday night, after the family members had had their dinner, Mysore Jaan went out on some work at around 9 pm. Bibi Jaan sent her elder daughter Salma to a relative's house nearby and tried to convince Nazma to end the relationship with Deepak.
"We opposed the marriage as she was too young and Deepak was a divorcee. She was arrogant and refused to listen to my pleas. Though I love my daughter, I had no option but to end her life as our family's honour was at stake," Bibi Jaan told newsmen.
Following a heated argument with her mother, Nazma went to sleep. Still angry, Bibi Jaan allegedly smothered her daughter to death with a pillow.
Late in the night, she informed her husband, elder daughter and also relatives in Kanchikacherla that Nazma had died of severe stomach pain. She convinced them to shift the body to Kanchikacherla to perform the funeral rites.
"I saw them moving out in a hurry late in the night but had no inkling of Nazma's death. I learnt about it on Wednesday morning and grew suspicious. Immediately, I lodged a complaint with the Nunna police," said Deepak. He claimed that he had plans to marry Nazma after three years as she was a minor and had to complete her education as well. "But her parents wanted her to either forget me me or leave them immediately," he complained. Police sent the body for a post-mortem.