Brother beat younger sister to death for visiting neighbor

A 17-year-old boy in India’s westernmost state of Gujarat beat his younger sister to death with a wooden stick after the victim visited her neighbor, police said.

The boy rebuked his 14-year-old sibling on Wednesday for the latter leaving his home in the town of Gandhidham earlier that day, the Times of India newspaper reported.

She was visiting a neighbor after being repeatedly warned to stay away from them, according to the outlet.

The girl’s brother suspected, according to police, that she was having an affair with the boy who lived next door.

“[T]The argument got heated and the boy started hitting her with a heavy wooden stick. He is said to have beaten her until she passed out. The boy then left the house and returned in the evening,” said Inspector AB Patel of Gandhidham Police Station.

The boy later admitted to being beaten after the siblings’ parents arrived and found the girl unconscious.

His sister was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead before admission.

The police arrested the boy on Thursday and his father has filed a complaint against him.

A similar incident happened more than a year ago in the state of Uttar Pradesh when a 17-year-old boy murdered his 15-year-old sister because she was in a relationship with a person her brother disliked.

The girl refused to end her relationship with the boy, whom her brother loathed during a dispute between the two siblings on March 23 last year.

Her brother is said to have repeatedly asked her to end all ties with the boy.

During the argument, the brother asked his sister to meet him behind their home in the city of Farrukhabad before hacking her to death with an axe.

The brother later turned himself in and confessed to the murder.

Reports of sororicide are not uncommon in India, the 23rd lowest-scoring country in the 2021 Women, Peace and Security Index.

The index measures women’s inclusion, equity and security in 170 countries using recognized data sources, said its publisher, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

Around three-quarters of adults in India view violence against women as a “very big problem” in their society, data from a 2019-2020 survey by US-based think tank Pew Research Center showed.

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