The victim, who married against her parents’ wishes, was pregnant for two months, police told CNN on Tuesday, citing her husband.
The incident happened on Sunday in Vaijapur, Maharashtra, and neither the victim nor the accused have been publicly named by police.
“The girl (19) went against her parents’ wishes and got married five months ago. They had a legal marriage and since then she had not been in contact with her family and lived with her husband,” Kailash Prajapati, a senior police official, said. in Vaijapur, Maharashtra, to CNN.
The victim’s mother and brother came to her home Sunday, and the victim invited them inside for tea, Prajapati said.
“That was when the brother took a laugh and beat her four times and beheaded her. They then picked up the head and held it outside the house in the yard, leaving the body inside,” Prajapati said.
“The mother held her legs during the incident and was just as complicit.”
The woman’s husband, who was at home because he was feeling too bad to work, was sleeping in the house at the time of the incident and woke up when he heard the noise, police said.
“The accused also attacked him, but he was able to escape,” Prajapati said.
Police said the couple later visited a police station and confessed to the killing.
Police launched an investigation after they went to the house and discovered the body and head.
“The boy is a minor according to his birth certificate and he has been sent to a youth home and the mother is in custody.”
The teenager and his mother have not yet been officially charged, but Mr Prajapati said the police report cited murder as the charge for both, pending an investigation.
Police are awaiting a post-mortem to confirm whether the victim was pregnant.
Facts in the statement fit the pattern of an honor killing.
So-called honor killings are most often the killings of a woman or girl by male family members who justify their actions by claiming that the victim has inflicted disgrace on the family.
India reported 23 so-called “honor killings” in 2020, according to statistics from the country’s National Crime Records Bureau.