A thirteen-year-old girl has been ‘beheaded with a sickle after refusing to have sex with her neighbour’.
The teenager was allegedly murdered in India because she rejected the advances of the man who was of a higher caste than her.
The horrific attack took place in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu.
Her mother (pictured left) said her daughter had told her of the man’s sexual advances (Picture: CNN)The accused man, Dinesh Kumar, has been arrested and charged under a law that has existed since 1989 that is criminalises caste-based violence.
Ponkarthik Kumar, a senior police official in the district, told CNN: ‘The girl was brutally murdered. The investigation is ongoing and the accused has been arrested.’
The police have also dismissed claims that the accused was mentally ill.
According to local reports, the girl was a student at a nearby school and had told her mother about the man’s sexual advances that she had repeatedly turned down.
Although it is illegal to commit crimes against people who are of a lower caste to them, activists claims that the deep-rooted bias still exists (Picture: CNN)Although it is illegal to commit crimes against people who are of a lower caste to them, activists say that the deep-rooted bias still exists and leads to crimes against those of perceived lower social status.
The lower castes, also known as Dalits, are some of the most marginalised groups in India and were once known as the Untouchables.
Historically, they were denied the right to education and proper employment, although this is now illegal.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, there were more than 47,000 crimes committed against people because of their caste in 2016 alone.
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