New Delhi: In a suspected case of honour killing, the family of a 25-year-old woman killed her in East Delhi over her “secret marriage”. In connection with the case, a total of six members of the family have been arrested so far.Also Read - Honour Killing: Dalit Man Stabbed With Knife, Iron Rod Over Interfaith Relationship in Karnataka's Kalaburgi, Dies

The victim has been identified as Sheetal Chaudhary, a resident of New Ashok Nagar, they said. Also Read - Another Case of Honour Killing? Pakistani Man Shoots 21-Year-Old Sister Dead For Dancing, Modelling

According to police, Sheetal was in a relationship with a man, who lives in her neighbourhood, for the past three years. They got married at an Arya Samaj temple in October 2019. Also Read - Caught On Camera: Hyderabad Man Murdered By Wife's Family Over Interfaith Marriage

However, when the family got to know about it, they tried to convince her to break the marriage. Sheetal refused to break her, police said.

“On January 30, the father, mother and other relatives of Sheetal strangled her to death. They took her body in a car to Aligarh and disposed it in a canal there,” a senior police officer said.

The husband, finding her phone switched off, got suspicious and lodged a kidnapping case in New Ashok Nagar police station, he said.

When the family members were asked about Sheetal, they told police that she has gone to her uncle’s house. Police went there but could not find her, the officer said.

Police analysed the call details of the family members and Sheetal’s relatives and got some clues. They were interrogated and finally they accepted their crime, he said.

When police went to Aligarh to look for the body, they got to know that their counterparts have recovered it from the canal on January 30 and performed last rites on February 2, the officer said.

They took the possession of the clothes and other belongings of the deceased and it was found that they belonged to Sheetal, he said.

A case of murder was registered against six persons — Sheetal”s mother Suman, her father Ravindra, uncles Sanjay and Om Prakash, cousin Parvesh and brother-in-law Ankit. They were arrested on Friday, police said.

(With PTI inputs)