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Mysuru Man Surrenders After Allegedly Murdering Daughter Over Inter-Caste Relationship

The now deceased girl had approached police asking for protection and had only returned home after her parents gave an undertaking that they wouldn't harm her.

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New Delhi: A man in Mysuru has surrendered to police after admitting to having murdered his teenage daughter over an inter-caste relationship.

The 45-year-old father told police of Periyapatana Taluk that he, an ‘upper’ caste Vokkaliga man, had been upset over his 17-year-old daughter’s relationship with a Dalit boy, Hindustan Times has reported.

The boy was a resident of the Kaggundi village. The man and his daughter lived in neighbouring Kaggundi.

An officer of the Periyapatana police station told Hindustan Times that the girl had approached police alleging harassment at home over the relationship. She had also asked for protection from police, following which she was shifted to a government girls’ home in Mysuru city, according to the officer.

The Hindu has reported that her parents first appealed to and then brought her back after giving an undertaking to the Mysuru District Child Welfare Committee that they would not harm her and would also facilitate her education.

Police told news outlets that the girl initially told the Committee that she did not want to return with her parents. She agreed after officials paid a visit to her house and allegedly counselled her parents.

Police further said that the girl’s family attempted to convince her to cut off ties with the boy once she returned home. When she attempted to contact her boyfriend again, a fight began between her and her parents. In the early hours of Tuesday, June 7, her father strangled her to death.

The family initially disposed of her body by the road but a day later, the father surrendered to police.

Police have arrested both parents.