(Trigger warning: Descriptions of violence.)
The Delhi Police on Tuesday, 14 February, arrested a man for allegedly killing his 22-year-old live-in partner. According to the police, he allegedly stored her body in a fridge in a dhaba on the outskirts of Mitraon village in Najafgarh and got married to another woman on the same day.
What happened? The accused, Sahil Gehlot, 24, strangled Nikki Yadav near Kashmiri Gate ISBT on the intervening night of 9 and 10 February, Ravindra Singh Yadav, Special Commissioner of Police (Crime), said in a statement. The accused allegedly used the data cable in his car to strangle the woman.
The Delhi Police has registered an FIR under Sections 302 (punishment for murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
What we know: The police said that as per preliminary investigation, the couple has been in a relationship for the last few years. While Gehlot is from Mitraon village, Yadav was from Jhajjar, Haryana.
"Both the accused and the deceased used to travel to their respective coaching institutes daily in the same bus, and they became friends and later on fell in love. They started meeting before and after the coaching classes. In February 2018 the accused took admission in D. Pharma in Galgotiya College at Greater Noida and the deceased also took admission in the same college in BA (English Honours). Thereafter, both of them started living together at Greater Noida in a rented house," the police statement said.
Why you should read on: The accused was reportedly confronted about his marriage plans with another woman by the deceased, after which he allegedly strangulated her.
"The dhaba is situated at a vacant plot on the outskirts of Mitraon village. The accused then went to his home and solemnised his marriage with another girl," the police statement added.
What they said: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal, in a tweet, pointed that the incident followed the Shraddha Walkar case, where the deceased was allegedly murdered by her partner.
"A few months ago, the heart-wrenching Shraddha murder case shook the humanity. Now, a girl named Nikki Yadav was killed by her boyfriend, who kept the dead body in the fridge and married someone else. Very scary, how long will girls continue to die like this," she tweeted.