**Berhampur (Ganjam):** In a spine-chilling act of brutality in the district here, a remorseless mother allegedly killed her 18-year-old daughter with a vegetable cutter as she was discovered in love with a boy of her choice despite her marriage being fixed.
The shocking incident has taken place on August 1 night in Goutami Keunta Sahi under Sadar Police Station in the district here. The body, packed in a gunny bag, was dumped into the local Goutami Canal. Locals of a far away village Kaukheta noticed it after four days stuck at the canal bank and the police seized it. It was further preserved in the hospital morgue for another four days before the parents could be traced out by the police.
More shocking is the remorseless confession of the peeved parents, mother Runu Jena and father Saura Jena, during interrogation by the police.
The victim of honour killing has been identified as Santoshi Jena (18), youngest daughter of Runu and Saura Jena. Between their two daughters, Santoshi is the youngest and their only son is presently working in Chennai. Their elder daughter is already married.
Santoshi’s matrimonial negotiation had been solemnised by her parents with a boy of their choice in Berhampur town during the last Hindu month of Asadha after Santoshi got failed in the 0th Board Exams this year.
On the fateful night, the girl was noticed by her mother engaged in a conversation with her lover over cell phone following which a heated altercation between the extremely angry mother and the lovelorn daughter ensued.
Santoshi got the number of her lover deleted and threw away her mobile phone and went to bed in a huff. When she fell asleep, the merciless mother allegedly slit her throat with a ‘paniki’ (traditional vegetable cutter).
Later, her ruthless parents packed the blood-oozing body into a gunny bag and dumped into the Gautami Canal from the village bridge.
Talking to OMMCOM NEWS, Santoshi’s heartless mother Runu even under police custody said, “We’ve given birth to her and we killed her for wrong deed even though we had fixed her marriage”.
Same was the version of the pitiless father Saura Jena also now under police custody..