The Straits Times
Published on Oct 05, 2012

Five sentenced to death for India 'honour' killing


NEW DELHI (AFP) - Five members of a family in India were sentenced to death on Friday for the torture and murder of a young couple in a so-called "honour killing" two years ago.

The parents, uncle, aunt and brother of Asha, a 19-year-old girl killed along with her boyfriend Yogesh in 2010, were all condemned to hang.

Yogesh, a taxi driver, wanted to marry Asha, the daughter of a vegetable vendor, but the girl's family was against the alliance because the boy belonged to a lower caste.

Autopsy reports revealed that the young couple had been tied with ropes, beaten with metal pipes and electrocuted, local media reports said.