Police have arrested an 18-year-old boy and his 38-year-old mother over the murder of his elder sister.
Investigations reveal that the deceased, 19, had married a man without her family’s consent and eloped with him.
During the Sunday incident, the suspects went to meet the victim, Kirti Avinash Thore, at her residence in Maharashtra state, western India.
“Kirti lived with her husband’s family in a room next to their farm. The mother-son duo arrived on a bike. She was working on the farm and was delighted to see them. She rushed to them and took them inside her house,” Assistant Police Commissioner Kailash Prajapati explained.
Reports indicate that the mother and the son were aware that she was two months pregnant. As she was making tea for them, the teenager allegedly attacked his sister with a sickle from behind while her mother allegedly held her legs.
Kirti’s husband was around at the time, although resting in another room. Authorities say he could not have suspected such an occurrence would happen.
“He then beheaded her and brought her head outside the house. We suspect that the mother-son duo took a selfie with her head. We have sent the phone to the forensic lab to try and retrieve the photo,” Prajapati added.
It is said that the deceased eloped with her husband Avinash, 21, early June. Kirti’s family filed a missing persons report although she resurfaced a week later and informed them of their marriage.
In India, hundreds of people are allegedly killed every year for marrying against their families wishes. In Kirti’s case, her family opposed the marriage, claiming her husband’s family was poorer than theirs.