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The 16-year-old girl had de­cided to go to her boyfriend’s birth­day party. A week later, her body was found along a high­way, her head and an arm chopped off. Her face may have been burned with acid. In her small town in eastern In­dia, it is for­bid­den for a teenage girl to date, and the po­lice be­lieve the girl’s fa­ther ar­ranged for her to be killed — sup­pos­edly to pro­tect the fam­ily’s hon­our. It was yet an­other stom­ach­turn­ing case of ex­tremely sadis­tic vi­o­lence against a woman or a girl in In­dia. On Fri­day, the po­lice said the girl’s fa­ther, Tu­raj Prasad, had been for­mally ar­rested, along with a friend sus­pected of car­ry­ing out the killing. Charges were ex­pected to be filed later. “It will be a long fight for the girl’s hu­man rights,’’ said Gopal Patwa, an ac­tivist in the area where the killing took place.


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