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A teenager has been arrested for allegedly decapitating his pregnant older sister and posing for a selfie with her severed head in a so-called 'honour killing' after she eloped and married her college sweetheart in India
Sanjay Mote, 17, allegedly beheaded his sister Kirti Thore, 19, in the kitchen of her home in the western state of Maharashtra while she was making tea for him and their mother Shobha Mote.
Sanjay and Shobha then allegedly posed for selfies with Kirti's severed head and showed it to their neighbours, police said.
Sanjay Mote, 17, allegedly beheaded his sister Kirti Thore, 19, (pictured) in the kitchen of her home in the western state of Maharashtra while she was making tea for him and their mother Shobha Mote
Kirti, who was two months pregnant, had eloped in June and married her boyfriend Avinash Thore, who she had met in college, secretly after her family disapproved because her lover was poorer than their family, reports BBC Marathi.
Her mother and brother asked to visit her and the pair arrived at Kirti's home on Sunday when the teenager attacked his sister from behind.
Shobha, 39, held her daughter's legs while Sanjay beheaded his sister using a sickle - a curved blade used in agriculture for harvesting crops - before they posed for selfies with her head and showed neighbours.
The teenager and mother surrendered at the Virgoan police station and are now under arrest.
Superintendent of police Nimit Goyal told Times of India: 'The boy seems to have taken inspiration from a Marathi movie. He beheaded his sister in the kitchen while she was preparing tea for him and his mother.
'After that, he and the mother took a selfie with the head.'
Goyal said the mobile phone has been seized as part of their investigation, but that Sanjay and his mother Shobha have allegedly deleted the image.
'We will send the cellphone for a forensic analysis to recover the picture. It is a crucial piece of evidence,' Goyal said.
Kirti's husband Avinash was at home when she was killed. The 17-year-old allegedly tried to attack his brother-in-law but he managed to escape, police said.
Kailash Prajapati, a police officer in Vaijapur where the murder took place, told NDTV: 'Her husband, who was ill, was lying in the house. He woke up hearing the sound of falling utensils and rushed to the kitchen.
'The woman's brother tried to kill him too but he escaped. Later, the brother came out of the house with her head in his hand.
'He then came to the police station and surrendered.'
Kirti, who was two months pregnant, had eloped in June and married her boyfriend Avinash Thore, who she had met in college, secretly after her family disapproved because her lover was poorer than their family. Pictured: The scene
Hundreds of women are killed every year in India in so-called 'honour killings' because they have married against their family's wishes.
Earlier this year in March, a father-of-four decapitated his 17-year-old daughter and carried her head through the streets because he did not approve of her boyfriend.
Residents spotted Sarvesh Kumar walking with the head in the Indian village of Pandetara, Uttar Pradesh yesterday.
He was on his way to a police station after cutting off his daughter's head as part of an honour killing.
Police officers ask the man his name, where the head is from and whose head it was.
Kumar admitted to beheading his daughter with a sharp object as he was unhappy with the relationship she was in, NDTV reported at the time.
'I did it. There was no one else. I closed the latch and did it. The body is in the room', he said.