In what sounds like an untrue story, that we naturally feel should never happen. DailyMail reports that a teenage girl was stoned to death in India and had her face ‘smashed beyond recognition’ by her father and brother after she was caught dating a boy from a neighbouring village.
The bloodied remains of Pratibha Khan, 19, were found by friends in the fields near her home in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state.
Investigators say she was dragged there by father Jagpal, 65, and oldest brother Pradeep, 36, who were angry she was dating a boy from a nearby village, before being attacked.
Officers believe the girl was beaten with bricks and stones before being strangled to death, and that more injuries were inflicted after she had died in an attempt to hide her identity.
‘It was only later when we interrogated Pradeep and his father Jagpal separately that we were able to find inconsistencies in their statements.
‘Eventually they admitted that they had killed her because she was in love with another boy from a nearby village.’
One of the girl’s other brothers Prabhat, 33, said: ‘I am neither sorry nor surprised that my sister is dead. If what people say is true, then I am not surprised that my father and brother killed her.’