Teen Beaten to death for wearing jean
According to her mother, a teenage girl was beaten to death by her family members just because she wore pants.
Neha Paswan, 17, was assassinated in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Shakuntala Devi Paswan, Neha’s mother, told BBC Hindi that a band of fundamentalist males murdered her with sticks, including Neha’s grandpa and uncles.
Amarnath, Neha’s father, a construction worker who lives in another town, claimed he worked hard so that Neha and his other children could attend to school, only to return to find his daughter slain.
Neha walked downstairs wearing a pair of pants after following a day-long fast, according to her mother, Shakuntala.
Her grandfather objected to her choice of outfit, but Neha assured him that the item was designed to be worn and that she would do so.
The violence erupted soon after, and Neha was severely attacked by ten guys brandishing sticks.
They destroyed of the evidence when they were finished in an attempt to conceal their horrible act.
They said Neha was brought to the hospital, but Shakuntala was barred from accompanying her daughter to the hospital. She’s not sure if Neha was transported to the hospital or not.
“They wouldn’t allow me join them,” Neha’s mother explained, “so I informed my relatives, who went to the district hospital to seek for her but couldn’t find her.”
Her mother discovered Neha hanging from a bridge the next morning.
As the investigation continues, police have detained and questioned four people, including Neha’s grandfather and two uncles.
Her conservative extended family put a lot of pressure on Neha to go to school and wear modern clothes.
Neha’s death has sparked new debates in India regarding men’s treatment of women.
“It’s appalling that in the twenty-first century, we are murdering and beating females for wearing jeans or chatting on a cellphone,” said gender campaigner Rolly Shivhare to the BBC.