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UP cop advocates honour killing

A senior Uttar Pradesh police officer was caught on camera telling an aged man in Saharanpur that he should either kill his daughter, who had eloped, or commit suicide, prompting calls for his suspension from the National Commission for Women (NCW) for advocating honour killing .

DIG of Saharanpur Satish Kumar Mathur told a petitioner from Kaserwa Khurd, Shaukeen, that the matter of his daughter’s elopment was one of great shame. Had it been him, Mathur said, he would have either shot dead the daughter or killed himself.

Mathur was caught on video camera by local journalists who were at the spot to cover his inspection of a police station. The clip was soon broadcast on national television, triggering an outcry. “I don’t have magical powers to recover your daughter. If she has eloped then you should be ashamed of it and end your life. I would have killed my sister if she had eloped, or else I would have committed suicide,” Mathur said.

The state government ordered a probe into the matter and asked the inspector general (IG) of Meerut to look into the matter and come back to the government with the facts.

NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma demanded that he be suspended immediately. “Is this what they are being taught in the police force. This is very disturbing. The DIG should be suspended without further ado,” Sharma said.

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