CRIME – A teenage girl is fighting for her life after her father and brother shot her in the face and chest in an attempted honour killing because she loved a man in her village.
Ruby, 18, from a small village in Sambhal, in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, had been in a secret relationship with Ibrahim, 24, for the last three years.
But yesterday her younger sister overheard her talking to him on the phone and told her brother and father.
Within minutes of finding out, Ruby’s brother, Iftikhar, 32, and father, Sameraj, 52, confronted her. They brutally beat her before shooting her twice – once in her face and once in her chest. Neighbours heard loud screams and called the police who rushed to the scene.
They arrived at approximately 4am this morning to find Ruby lying on the floor outside her home, bleeding to death as members of the family did nothing.
Police rushed her to a local government run hospital where her condition was reported as critical.
Video footage showed Ruby being taken to hospital covered in blood with a bandage on her face.
Her brother and father were arrested at the scene.