Teen Killed After Objecting To Man Urinating

Teen Killed After Objecting To Man Urinating

A man shot dead his teenage neighbour after she objected to him urinating near the gate of her New Delhi home, police have said.

Yusra Khan, 17, was killed by a 21-year-old man, described by Indian police as a "jobless vagabond", who broke into her home and also critically injured her mother.

"During the day, Yusra objected to him urinating at the gate of the building in which both lived," said additional police commissioner Ajay Chaudhry.

Mr Chaudhry said the man then returned with a handgun the same evening and shot Yusra twice and her mother in a bedroom of their working-class home in the Nizamuddin district of the city.

The man quickly disappeared through the narrow lanes of the neighbourhood, firing in the air while fleeing, according to reports.

Police have launched a major hunt to arrest the unnamed suspect.

"He is absconding but he is somewhere out there and we will get him," Mr Chaudhry said.

Yusra's father, Aslam Khan, who was not present at the time of the shooting, told journalists that the suspect left "in a fit of rage" after his daughter had raised objections and threatened her with "dire consequences".

He said his daughter "had died on the spot" while his wife was admitted to hospital and was battling for her life.

The Indian capital saw a spate of shootings in September. In one incident, a 23-year-old shot dead his ex-girlfriend and her landlady and then drove to a suburb to kill her father and sister before turning the gun on himself.

A few days later, two friends went on a shooting rampage which left three women and two young girls dead.

Figures for gun seizures in New Delhi show a rising trend.

Police in 2009 seized 573 illegal weapons, in 2010 there were 634 and in 2011 the number touched 770. In the first nine months of this year, officers have already recovered 594 guns.