In Summary
  • The 29-year-old couple, from the same village in the southern state of Karnataka, had married three years ago against the wishes of their families.
  • The incident is the latest in a string of so-called "honour killings" which are rampant in rural pockets of the country.
  • They are typically carried out by close relatives or village elders to protect what is seen as the family's reputation in a rigid caste system.

NEW DELHI,

Relatives of an Indian woman who married outside her caste and fled her home to escape punishment stoned her and her husband to death after the couple returned to their village to visit family, police said Thursday.

The 29-year-old couple, from the same village in the southern state of Karnataka, had married three years ago against the wishes of their families and moved to Bangalore and other cities in the region, and had two children.

But they returned to the village in October to meet family members.

"They were spotted by villagers on Wednesday, who informed the brother of the woman after which he gathered a mob that attacked the couple and killed them with stones," local police officer Guru Shanth told AFP.

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