"Neha retorted that jeans were made to be worn"
It was reported that an Indian teenager was beaten to death by members of her extended family because they did not like her wearing jeans.
The shocking incident happened in Uttar Pradesh.
Shakuntala Devi Paswan said that her daughter Neha was brutally beaten with sticks by her grandparents, cousins and uncles.
The assault happened following an argument over the 17-year-old’s clothes at their home in the district of Deoria.
Shakuntala said: “She had kept a day-long religious fast.
“In the evening, she put on a pair of jeans and a top and performed her rituals.
“When her grandparents objected to her attire, Neha retorted that jeans were made to be worn and that she would wear it.”
This led to a row over Neha’s choice of clothing.
Shakuntala alleged that the argument became more heated, resulting in violence.
She went on to say that her daughter was beaten unconscious. Her in-laws then called an autorickshaw and claimed they were taking her to hospital.
Shakuntala said: “They wouldn’t let me accompany them so I alerted my relatives who went to the district hospital looking for her but couldn’t find her.”
The next day, they heard that a girl’s body was hanging from the bridge over the Gandak river.
Shakuntala and her family later found out that it was her daughter.
It is believed that the in-laws tried to dump the Indian teenager’s body in the river by throwing it over the bridge.
However, the disposal was botched as the body got stuck in the railing, resulting in police later spotting the body.
A case of murder and destruction of evidence has been filed against 10 people.
This includes Neha’s grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and the autorickshaw driver.
According to senior police officer Shriyash Tripathi, four suspects have been arrested.
The BBC reported that the suspects arrested are the grandparents, an uncle and the autorickshaw driver.
Police are currently looking for the remaining accused.
Neha’s father, Amarnath Paswan, is a construction worker in Ludhiana.
After hearing of his daughter’s death, he has returned home to deal with the tragedy.
Shakuntala said their daughter wanted to be a police officer but “her dreams would never be realised now”.
She claimed that her in-laws were pressuring the Indian teenager to quit studying.
They often reprimanded her for wearing anything other than traditional Indian clothing.