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A 28-year-old man was arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly killing his 25-year-old girlfriend by hitting her with an iron rod, at Malviya Nagar near Aurobindo College in South Delhi on Friday, 28 July.
The accused had allegedly “been planning the murder for three days and surrendered to the police hours after committing it," NDTV reported.
What happened? The woman's body was found under a bench at Vijay Mandal Park near Aurobindo College. The accused, identified as Irfan, allegedly killed the woman at around 12 pm on Friday, and ran away, leaving her in a pool of blood.
The iron rod, which is suspected to be the murder weapon, was retrieved from the crime scene, DCP South Delhi, Chandan Chowdhary, said.
What was the motive? The police said the accused was in a relationship with the woman, but she stopped talking to him after her family refused his marriage proposal.
"The victim's and the accused person's mothers are sisters. They were initially into a relationship. Earlier, there were talks about their marriage. But the woman's parents refused the proposal. She herself refused it later."DCP South Delhi, Chandan Chowdhary
The victim, Nargis, and her family had allegedly turned down Irfan’s marriage proposal because he “did not have a proper job,” according to reports. The accused was working as a food delivery agent.
Irfan allegedly told the police that he was disturbed after Nargis stopped answering his calls and because “no one else was agreeing to marry him either,” NDTV reported.
The victim graduated from Kamala Nehru College this year and was attending stenography coaching at an institute in Malviya Nagar.
On Friday, when the victim was returning from her class, Irfan stopped her saying he wanted to talk to her, when she denied, he allegedly attacked her with the rod.
DCW Takes Suo-Motu Cognisance
The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), in a statement, said that it has taken suo-motu cognisance of the murder of the 25-year-old. "As per reports, the girl was allegedly attacked with an iron rod by a man near Aurobindo College, Malviya Nagar, resulting in the death of the girl on the spot itself."
The DCW sought a copy of the First Information Report (FIR) filed in the case, the details of the accused, and a detailed action-taken report from the Delhi Police.
Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal, commented on the incident, saying,
“I want to ask the centre how many more deaths will need to happen before they fix the accountability of the Delhi Police. The DCW has taken note of the incidents and notices are being issued to the Delhi Police.”