In what could be best described as a case of honour killing, a 28-year-old man, who had completed teacher’s training, allegedly murdered his sister because the man she married had studied only till Class X and, therefore, was not a proper match for his graduate sister.
In the statement given to police, the accused, Ashok Kumar, reportedly said that he was irked over his sister’s love affair with a man who was not well qualified.
According to police, 25-year-old Aspavathi, daughter of Katimuthu and a native of Seppakkam village near Veppur, fell in love with 28-year-old Somu while she was doing her Masters in Physical Education and Sports Sciences (MPES) in Chennai.
Somu, a native of Nallur Nagar, which is also near Veppur, had been working as driver in Chennai.
After registering their marriage in Chennai, when Aspavathi returned home, her father and Ashok Kumar had a verbal altercation with her, police said.
But Aspavathi insisted that she would live with Somu and this irked her father and brother, police added.
In a fit of rage, Ashok Kumar attacked his sister with a sharp weapon.
She died on the way to the hospital.
Meanwhile, Ashok Kumar surrendered before police. In his statement to police, he said that he was angry over the fact that Somu had studied only till Class X while Aspavathi had completed MPES.
Police said, “Though both of them are from the same caste, he opposed their love because he felt that Somu’s educational qualification was not enough to marry his sister.”