Nargis, a 23-year-old Delhi woman who was allegedly murdered by her cousin for declining his marriage proposal, wanted to be financially independent and was studying for government job exams, her family said on Friday.
They said the accused, Irfan (28), used to live with the family around six years ago but was asked to leave after he allegedly started harassing Nargis.
The victim and accused were first cousins, with their mothers being sisters. The woman was allegedly killed with an iron rod by him inside a park in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar on Friday, police said.
Her father, Suljat, who works as a motor mechanic, said she was her only daughter. He has two sons. “I want justice for her,” he said. “The accused should get strict punishment. We will not forgive him for what he has done.”
The accused has been arrested.
Nargis’ brother Sameer said, “Around six months ago, our family turned down the marriage proposal of the accused. My sister did not want to marry him. Irfan is from Auraiya in Uttar Pradesh and came to our house around five to six years ago. My father trained him as a mechanic.”
“When he started harassing my sister, she complained to my father, who scolded him and sent him to his native place. He went back to Auraiya around one-and-a-half years ago, where he started his own work. However, when his business did not work, he returned to the national capital and started living in the Sangam Vihar area,” Sameer said.
Ashfaq, a neighbor of the victim, said Irfan was preparing for a job in the army but failed last year and was currently working as a food delivery agency.
Sameer added, “He (Irfan) knew that Nargis used to go to steno coaching classes every day. He followed her for a few days and killed her inside the park on Friday. My sister was a bright student. She did her graduation in Hindi with honors and was preparing for government job exams.”
A family friend said Nargis’ parents were not ready for the marriage as he does not have a permanent job.
Police got information around noon that a man had hit a woman in the head with an iron rod in the Vijay Mandal Park in Shivalik A Block of Malviya Nagar and fled. The woman’s body was found under a bench with her head bleeding and an iron rod lying near her.
According to the police, Nargis and Irfan were in a relationship earlier, and there were also talks about their marriage, but Nargis’ family finally disapproved of it.
Nargis then stopped talking to Irfan, which made him even more agitated, the police said.