(PUNJAB, Hoshiarpur) Indian woman ‘ Accidentally Killed’ by ‘celebratory gunshots’ at wedding party: Father fired shots into the air on Saturday at his daughters wedding but her neighbour says she was hit by a stray bullet that hit her directly on the forehead killing her on the spot, later police arrested the father saying bullet came from his revolver …Tragic …#AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.13: Editor says ‘ Tragic Accident ‘ as Indian police have arrested a man who allegedly shot dead his daughter by mistake at a pre-wedding party: Ashok Khosla fired shots into the air on Saturday to celebrate his daughter’s upcoming wedding, police say #AceNewsDesk reports

Sakshi AroraCourtesy Hindustan Times:

Neighbour Sakshi Arora, 22, was on her terrace when a bullet hit her in the forehead, killing her on the spot, Punjab police told the BBC Asia: Several people have been killed by “celebratory gunfire” at weddings in northern India in recent years:

Police have arrested Mr Khosla, the father of the bride, and say the bullet came from his revolver during the party in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur………..They have also lodged a case against his friend Ashok Sethi, who allegedly fired a rifle.

The accused were not professional shooters and they should have known it [the bullet] can hit anyone,” a police spokesman said:

This is not the first time someone has been killed accidentally in so-called “celebratory firings” during weddings in Indian states such as Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

While several such incidents occur each year, it is unclear how many people have been killed or injured because of them.

Sadhvi Deva Thakur (left)Manoj DhakaSadhvi Deva Thakur (left) allegedly fired celebratory shots at a wedding in November 2016, killing one guest

In November 2016, one wedding guest died and three others were critically injured when a woman started shooting while she was on the dance floor.

In December 2016, a 25-year-old dancer was allegedly shot dead by a drunk man while she was performing at a wedding. Several guests were reportedly firing into the air that evening.

In November 2017, an eight-year-old boy was killed by alleged celebratory shots at a wedding function.

Celebratory gunfire – a show of machismo and status – is not confined to India. It’s also common in Afghanistan and parts of the Middle East, Balkans and elsewhere.

MapIndian woman killed by ‘celebratory gunshots’ at wedding party
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