...after be­ing raped in In­dia - as po­lice sus­pect 'hon­our killing'

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

She was found near her home be­headed, doused in acid and her breasts cut

Her fa­ther's ac­count of when she dis­ap­peared was con­tra­dicted by her mother

Po­lice in In­dia sus­pect she was handed over to 'hon­our' killer by her fa­ther

Gaya po­lice ar­rested her fa­ther, mother and an­other rel­a­tive last Thurs­day

IN­DIA - A 16-year-old was found be­headed with her face doused in acid and her breasts mu­ti­lated.

The teen's fam­ily claim she was raped, while the au­thor­i­ties sus­pect they are re­spon­si­ble for her 'hon­our' killing.

The grim dis­cov­ery of the girl - who pro­test­ers are re­fer­ring to as An­jana on so­cial me­dia - was made last Sun­day just a few hun­dred feet from the fam­ily home.

Pro­test­ers have flocked to the streets as fury grows in the holy city of Gaya, Bin­dar, in the north­east of the coun­try.

The teen went miss­ing on De­cem­ber 28 ac­cord­ing to a re­port filed by her fa­ther to the po­lice on Jan­uary 6, NDTV re­ported.

But se­nior of­fi­cer Ra­jiv Mishra said her mother and sis­ters de­tailed how she re­turned home on De­cem­ber 28 and was sent away by her fa­ther with a man known to the fam­ily.

Po­lice said they had de­tained the girl's mother, fa­ther and an­other rel­a­tive, ac­cord­ing to the Times of In­dia.

Hun­dreds turned out in protest and took part in can­dlelit marches last Tues­day and Wed­nes­day to de­mand jus­tice for the mur­dered teen.

In­dia has a grim record of sex­ual vi­o­lence. On av­er­age, more than 100 rapes were re­ported each day in 2016, ac­cord­ing to the most re­cent of­fi­cial fig­ures.

Ri­tu­parna Chat­ter­jee, the leader of In­dia's #MeToo move­ment, has de­manded ac­tion from the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and lo­cal politi­cians.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion will be car­ried out to de­ter­mine the cause of death and whether she was killed. Daily Mail

BE­HEADED: A pic­ture of the al­leged vic­tim, known as An­jana, has been widely cir­cu­lated by pro­test­ers who are walk­ing with her pic­ture on plac­ards as they de­mand jus­tice.

CAN­DLE LIT: Hun­dreds of peo­ple turned out in protest in Gaya, in the state of Bin­dar, as res­i­dents were shocked by the heinous crime.

BAD: Images of the 16-year-old's corpse be­ing dis­cov­ered have been cir­cu­lated on­line.

PRO­TEST­ERS: Hun­dreds of pro­test­ers march through Gaya as they hold plac­ards say­ing 'Jus­tice for An­jana'

RIP: Can­dle lit vig­ils were held last Tues­day and Wed­nes­day night in the holy city of Gaya after po­lice found the body last Sun­day.

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