The victim’s mother caught the boyfriend sneaking into her house and handed him over to local authorities, according to police officer Shivraj Singh. The family lives in Uttar Pradesh, India.
When the father found out, he allegedly returned home, murdered his daughter with a meat cleaver, and left her body on her boyfriend’s doorstep.
“We have arrested the father for her murder,” said Officer Singh.
According to a 2014 report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice, honor violence is a “mechanism to maintain or regain a family’s honor by punishing or eliminating girls or women whose actions invite rumors of sexual impropriety or disobedience.”
The report states that while the annual number of honor killings worldwide is unclear, 23 to 27 honor killings occur each year in the United States.