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    Honour killings are a serious problem in India, especially the state of Haryana. Young boys and girls who flout traditional same caste rules for marriage can face social castigation, violence, and even death.

    A love-struck couple on their way to get married were shot dead in broad daylight in a crowded area of Rohtak city in India’s Haryana state, media reports said on Thursday. 

    The young man, 25, and his fiancée, 27, were almost at the gates of the court where the ceremony was set to take place on Wednesday when the girl's father allegedly opened fire, killing them on the spot. The husband-to-be's brother, who was accompanying the pair, was seriously wounded, according to India's PTI news agency. 

    Police are investigating the case as a so-called honour killing, which suggests the murderer believed the victims were bringing shame upon the family. 

    The parents of the killed couple had agreed to meet to for the court marriage, but the woman’s family did not turn up, reports say. 

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