07/27/2021 3:35 PM
Updated 07/27/2021 3:35 PM
Neha Paswan, the 17-year-old teenager
killed by her grandfather and uncles
, dressed like many classmates from her country: she wore jeans and a T-shirt, rather than a sari or a feminine suit with a long blouse and baggy pants.
But, unlike the young women in the metropolises, Neha lived in Savreji Kharg, a village in the Deoria district,
one of the most backward regions
of Uttar Pradesh.
Neha Paswan, the 17-year-old teenager murdered by her grandfather and uncles.
Her paternal grandparents often scolded her for daring to participate in prayers in
her "daring" clothes
and pressured her to drop out of school.
A few days ago, the teenager was found dead.
It was her mother, Shakuntala Devi Paswan, who began the search after she reported to local police that her paternal grandfather and some uncles
had beaten her daughter to death
and then promised to take her to hospital.
They hung her from a bridge
But Neha never made it to the hospital: her lifeless body
hung from a bridge
a few kilometers from town.
The autopsy revealed that the girl's
skull had been broken
due to the beatings, the umpteenth tragic story of an India struggling against the persistence of a patriarchal and violent culture.
Neha's body hanging from a bridge.
People went to pick it up (Video capture).
Following the complaint by Neha's mother, who is raising the children alone because her husband, Amarnath Paswan, works in Punjab, the police arrested four people,
her paternal grandfather, two uncles and the driver who took the girl away
, and charged six others, suspected of having played an active role in the murder.
Violence against women, especially within homes, is an endemic phenomenon in the country, especially in rural areas.