A 22-year-old man killed his friend, a gay man, in east Delhi’s Trilokpuri area for allegedly demanding sexual favours from him, police said on Monday. The suspect has been identified as Monu, they said.
“On Monday, Monu killed his friend Bharat (32), a resident of Trilokpuri. He smashed the victim’s head with a heavy stone,” deputy commissioner of police (east) Deepak Yadav said.
After killing Bharat, the suspect started heading towards a police station to report the matter but was intercepted by the police’s emergency response vehicle (ERV) team, the DCP said.
When the team questioned the suspect about the bloodstains on his clothes, Monu told them that he had killed his friend because the gay man had asked for sexual favours, Yadav said.
The team reached the spot and recovered the body, he said.
The suspect said he was not gay but his friend sometimes behaved like a gay or bisexual, especially when drunk.
Both of them were drunk during the time of the incident, police said.
A case under Section 302 (murder) has been registered at Mayur Vihar police station and the accused has been arrested, police added.
Homosexuality is no longer a punishable offence in India after Section 377 was read down by the Supreme Court. Besides, the accused is reportedly straight and this is a case of murder where the standard law for it (Section 302) applies.