Indian woman murdered after saying 'no' to marriage proposal, body burned

NEW DELHI (THE STATESMAN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - An Indian woman was strangulated to death after she refused marriage and her body burned to conceal the crime, police said on Saturday (Oct 7).

One person has been arrested in connection with the incident.

On Saturday morning, police found a partially burnt body of a woman from a narrow street in Khirajabad Goan area of south Delhi, Deputy Commissioner of Police Romil Baaniya said.

The deceased was identified as Mithu Das, 26, from West Bengal and later on the day, the accused Sarat Das, 43, from the state, was arrested.

On his interrogation, it was found that he had, on Friday night, strangulated Mithu to death after she refused to marry his brother-in-law, despite the duo being in a relationship, Baaniya said.

Mithu who worked as a domestic help, had gone to meet family of the accused, on Friday. She had dinner with them but later an argument broke out between her and Das and in a fit of rage, he strangulated her, Baaniya said.

Later, Das wrapped the body in a bed sheet and dumped it on a desolated street. He then poured petrol over the body and set it ablaze to make it difficult for identification.

Baaniya said that CCTV footage helped them to nab the accused.

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