- Dec 20, 2019
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Women in India have marched over their right to choose what kind of clothes they wear.
A teenage Indian girl was allegedly beaten to death by family members last week because she had chosen to wear denim jeans.
After Neha Paswan had been killed, some family members allegedly tried to dispose of her body by tossing it over a bridge.
But Neha's body got caught up on railings and police began investigating.
Now police have lodged a case of murder and destruction of evidence against 10 people, including Neha's grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.
A family argument had broken out over Neha's clothes at their home in Savreji Kharg village in Deoria district, one of the poorest regions in the Indian state.
Neha suffered serious head injuries during the alleged attack, according to a police statement given by her mother.
"She had kept a day-long religious fast. In the evening, she put on a pair of jeans and a top and performed her rituals. When her grandparents objected to her attire, Neha retorted that jeans were made to be worn and that she would wear it," Shakuntala Devi Paswan said.
The argument spun out of control, Shakuntala Devi claimed, and the alleged attack left Neha unconscious on the floor.
Some family members then called a rickshaw, claiming they wanted to take the teenager to the hospital.
"They wouldn't let me accompany them so I alerted my relatives who went to the district hospital looking for her but couldn't find her," Shakuntala Devi said.
The rickshaw driver had stopped on a bridge and an attempt was made to push Neha's body into the Gandak river below.
But when the body got caught up in the railings, police were called.
The rickshaw driver has since been charged by police.
Shakuntala Devi told BBC Hindi that some family members had grown increasingly agitated as Neha had experimented with wearing non-traditional Indian clothing.
Neha liked to dress in modern clothing, her mother said.
In recent years the issue of violence against women and young girls in India has become a flashpoint for national protests and public debate.