Hundreds of people took to the streets after a 16-year-old girl from Gaya in Bihar was found dead - beheaded and mutilated, in a decomposed state, with acid burns on her face and disgusting wounds on her chest on Monday. The man named in the case has been detained by the police but he has denied murdering the girl. The police on the other hand are investigating if it was a case of honour killing.
Officers said a missing person's report was filed on January 4 and her body found two days later.
Authorities in the city of Gaya, in the eastern state of Bihar, say the girl was the victim of a so-called "honor killing", though her family claimed she had been raped and murdered by an unidentified assailant.
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. Her severed head was later found nearby. She had gone missing from home on December 28 but said to have returned after three days on December 31.
After her return, the father sent her away with one of his friends and she did not return home after that'.
Hundreds turned out in protest and took part in candlelit marches on Tuesday and Wednesday to demand justice for the murdered teen. Earlier, the police had taken into custody Leela Patwa, friend of the victim girl's father, with whom she was seen last time on December 31 night.
The police have been waiting for the autopsy report to ascertain whether the girl was raped or not.
Gaya Superintendent of Police Rajeev Mishra told journalists on Thursday that it was a case of suspected honour killing.
Senior officer Rajiv Mishra said the women revealed that Anjana did, in fact, return home on December 28 but was sent away by her father with a man who is known to the family.
"After the recovery of the body, we called the parents to the police station several times to record their statements, but they made lame excuses and didn't show up", Mishra claimed.