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Senior Indian policeman in honour killing row

Satish Kumar Mathur
Image caption Mr Mathur's comments have outraged India

The authorities in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh state have ordered an inquiry into reports that a top police officer supported honour killings.

Satish Kumar Mathur was caught on camera advising a father to kill his daughter if reports that she had eloped were confirmed.

"If she was my sister, I would have either killed her or shot myself," he is overheard as saying.

Mr Mathur is the most senior police officer in the Saharanpur region.

"I have ordered a fact-finding inquiry into the comments," the state's Additional Director General of Police for Law, Order and Crime Jagmohan Yadav told the BBC.

He said he would speak to Mr Mathur to find out in what context he made the comments.

The police officer's comments, shown on news television channels, have caused outrage across India with the National Commission for Women calling for his suspension.

"This is a matter of great shame," Mr Mathur told a man who had come to him to report his 14-year-old daughter as missing.

Mr Mathur's comments suggested that he believed that the girl had eloped, but the girl's father has insisted that she was kidnapped by two men.

Hundreds of people are killed each year in India by their families or relatives for falling in love or marrying against their families' wishes.

Last year, the Supreme Court advocated death penalty for those convicted in honour killing cases.

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