Indian Father Beheads Daughter Over “Relations With Men”

A marble miner in western India beheaded his 20-year-old daughter with a sword and carried her head through their village before surrendering to police and being arrested. Ogad Singh’s daughter, Manju, had been living with her parents in the Rajasthani village of Dungarji after leaving her husband two years ago. She had reportedly been having affairs with other men and arranged to elope with one of them two weeks ago.

On Sunday, Singh requested that his daughter return home and, when they were alone on Monday, beheaded her. Police Superintendent Umesh Ojha said he had been upset at what the Indian Express refers to as her “illicit relations” with other men.

As an Associated Press story in the New York Daily News observes, “rapidly modernizing India faces increasing social clashes as youths resist traditions like arranged marriage or limits on women venturing outside their parents’ or husbands’ homes.” These clashes are likely to continue as economic development continues apace in India, the world’s largest democracy.

The same Indian Express story that described Manju’s killing also describes an incident in which “an alcoholic man repeatedly banged his two-year-old daughter against the ground following heated arguments with his wife on Friday night.” The man buried the child but authorities have exhumed the body to investigate.

A recent survey ranked India as the worst place for women in the countries with the world’s largest economies. Infanticide, child marriage and slavery all still exist; girls can be sold into marriage at the age of 10 and burned alive over disputes about their dowries — economic development is clearly not the only answer to creating a better world for women to live in.


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Lynn Squance
Lynn Squance3 years ago

I just finished watching the documentary "India's Daughter" which centres around the rape and murder of Jyoti Singh in 2012, a young woman who defied the odds, graduating as a medical doctor and was about to start her residency. The Indian government has banned its showing in India and is trying to have this BBC documentary banned worldwide, which in my western opinion is wrong. While the film centres on the events of 16/12/12, it has a wider focus as well . . . a look at Indian traditions around women . . . marriage, women as property, honour killings . . . and challenges them. It is easy to stand in judgement of such things, but remember it happens in North America amongst "European stock" as well. One look no further than the Bible belt of the south to see it amongst so called Christians. Maybe not the honour killlings, but everything else.

Some traditions are good, but there comes a time when traditions have to change for the good of society. And when traditions fly in the face of human rights as these do, traditions MUST change. Education is the first step in that change, followed by laws to support the changes and enforcement of those laws. Everybody must be held accountable.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

so extremely sad. we don't realize how bad some people have it. this is just what makes it to the news. Think of the horrors women face and never escape. we only see the tip of the iceberg.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

Pushpraj S. All women have the right to their own bodies and their own sexuality! Don't make the crime of the father less by blaming the victim! There's no wonder India is the worst country for women with views like that!

Victoria L.
Victoria L5 years ago

This is heartbreaking...

Pushpraj Singh
Pushpraj Singh5 years ago

It is sad indeed. Gives our country a bad name. But still the girl had no business having relations with multiple men. Of course the father is worse.

Linda McKellar
Past Member 5 years ago

Sorry Frances, my bad!

Frances Saykaly
Frances S5 years ago

Linda M: Don't you know that logic, common sense, rationality, critical thinking and plain enlightened humanity don't enter into misogyny, bigotry, and knuckle-dragging cruelty.

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch5 years ago

New law.........

Behead your daughter, behead your penis! (I bet that would stop this shameful activity, immediately).

Patty B.
Patty B5 years ago

Time to ban India from your travel list especially if you are a woman. I will also boycott all things Indian for their atrocities toward women.

Julian Gonzalez

Barbaric idiotic behavior. Chop his head off for murder after trial of course.