Police in eastern India say a teenager who was found dead this week with her body dismembered and mutilated was murdered by her family in a so-called "honour" killing. The police on the other hand are investigating if it was a case of honour killing. But on Thursday authorities said they believed the girl's family were responsible for her death.
Activists and journalists from different cities took to Twitter to seek justice for the minor.
According to NDTV, Anjana vanished on December 28, a missing persons report filed to the police by her father on January 6 claims. Her body was found on January 6 in a mutilated and decomposed condition. Though officials are reluctant to go on record, sources say that the honour killing angle cannot be ruled out for several reasons including delayed information given to the police and recovery of the body not far away from the victim's house. "We are facing some difficulties in the investigation because of the non-cooperative attitude displayed by her family members but we are confident that the case will be cracked soon". But when the girl did not return after three to four days, a missing report was lodged.
The girl's body with her face burnt with acid and chest deeply bruised was recovered on January 6 from near her home at Patwatoli of the Manpur area in Gaya district. "She was possibly kidnapped on her way home".
"It looks to be a case of honour killing". When we first tried to meet the girl's family, we were not allowed.
The girl, who lived with her parents in Patwa village under Buniyadganj police station, had eloped with a local youth and returned home three days later, prompting her angry parents to order her murder, said Gaya SP Rajiv Kumar Mishra.
But police are saying that the girl's father sent her away with a man known to the family at around 10 p.m. the same night. Meanwhile, the locals have been continuously protesting against the police seeking a speedy investigation into the matter.