Child, 13, beheaded "because she refused to have sex with her neighbor"

Child, 13, beheaded "because she refused to have sex with her neighbor"

A thirteen-year-old girl was beheaded "with a sickle after refusing to have sex with her neighbor."

The teenager was allegedly murdered in India because she rejected the advances of the man who had a higher caste than she.

The terrible attack took place in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu.

Her mother (pictured left) said her daughter told her about the sexual advances of the man (Image: CNN)

The defendant, Dinesh Kumar, was arrested and charged with a law in place since 1989.

Ponkarthik Kumar, a high-ranking police officer in the district, told CNN, "The girl was brutally murdered. The investigation is ongoing and the defendant has been arrested. "

The police have also rejected allegations that the defendant is mentally ill.

According to local reports, the girl was a student at a nearby school and had told her mother about the sexual advances of the man she repeatedly rejected.

Although it is forbidden to commit crimes against people belonging to a lower caste, activists claim that the deep-seated prejudices still exist (image: CNN)

Although it is forbidden to commit crimes against people belonging to a lower caste, activists claim that the deep-seated prejudices still exist and lead to crimes against persons of lower social status.

The lower castes, also called Dalits, are among the most disadvantaged groups in India and were once known as the untouchables.

In the past, they were denied the right to education and decent work, although this is now illegal.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau, in 2016 alone, more than 47,000 crimes were committed against people for their caste.

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