CHILLING images showed a man carrying his sister's severed head in a bag after killing her for trying to marry against his wishes.
Aashifa's elopement sparked fury in her brother Riyaz, 22, who murdered the 18-year-old in an "honour killing".
Horrifying footage showed the 22-year-old walking towards Fatehpur police station, India, carrying Aashifa's head.
Villagers spotted him with the blood-soaked bag and reported him to the cops.
Riyaz was then arrested and sent to jail.
Aashifa had wanted to marry a man of her choice but her Riyaz and their father Abdul Rashid were against it.
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On May 29, Abdul filed a complaint with cops against his sister's partner, Chand Babu, under a charge of abducting a woman to marry.
Chand was then arrested and sent to jail while she was "returned" to her family home.
On July 20, when the young woman made it clear to her family that she would like to marry Chand, Riyaz became violent.
Barabanki additional superintendent of police Ashutosh Mishra said: "In a fit of rage Riyaz picked up a sharp-edged weapon and beheaded his sister before packing her head in a sack and going to the police station."
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Local media reported that an autopsy was carried out following Aashifa's murder and gathered evidence from the scene.
The brutal murder sparked outrage across the country and reignited fury over the lengths men will go to control the women in their family, The Economic Times reported.
Human rights groups say thousands of women and girls are killed across South Asia and the Middle East each year by family members angered at perceived damage to their "honour".
In India, any honour-based crime with an intention to suppress a person's choice to love or marry is illegal.
Perceived offences can include eloping, fraternising with men, or any transgression of staunchly conservative values regarding women.
India officially recorded 24 honour killings in 2019, but campaigners say government statistics on honour killing mask the true scale of the crime, with women at greater risk than men.
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