Protests in Bihar after teen girl found beheaded; kin allege rape

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Locals in Bihar’s Gaya are up in arms ever since a teenage girl was found beheaded and her face burnt with acid, said media reports on Thursday.

According to a leading portal, while the family of the 16-year-old girl claimed she was raped, police said it was a case of honour killing. Alleged delay in police action sent the locals out on streets to register their protest and demand arrest of the culprits.

While the girl’s family has alleged she was raped, the police say that this is a case of honour killing, the NDTV report added.

“The girl was not seen at her home and workplace when she went missing. She was last seen at a different location and her body was found at another different location. Where she lived and the spot where her body was found is within half a kilometre.”

The girl hailed from a poor family of a community of weavers and was a student in a government school in Manpur. She was also working alongside to support her family.

Demanding a fair and speedy investigation, candle light marches have been taken out in Gaya as hundreds took to the streets on Tuesday and Wednesday. Local activists claim that schools, factories and weavers shut down operations on 9 January to mark their protest in a gathering led by weavers.

Police were awaiting the autopsy report to see if the teenager was raped as well. Locals took out candlelight marches on Tuesday and Wednesday for a quick probe.

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