CHICAGO - Subash Chander's sister said family members had no problem with the marriage. "It's the same culture, same everything," Kamla Devi said. "Kids marry all the time against their parents' will, but we - the whole family - accepted him as the son-in-law." Devi said that the family is from Chandigarh in India. Authorities said they did not know when the family came to the U.S., or precisely which castes husband and wife belonged to. Devi said her brother worked at a Wendy's restaurant but had to quit in September because of liver problems.
Chander set a fire last weekend that killed his pregnant daughter, his son-in-law and his 3-year-old grandson, prosecutors say, because he disapproved of his daughter’s marriage. Chander, who lives in Oak Forest, a suburb south of here, told investigators that he was upset with his daughter, Monika Rani, and her husband, Rajesh Kumar, for what he saw as “a cultural slight,” said Robert J. Milan, the first assistant state’s attorney of Cook County. Chander said that the couple had married without his consent and that Kumar was from a lower caste in India than Rani’s family, Milan said.