Teenager beheaded in southern India in caste-based violence

(CNN)Concerns about caste-based violence in India are growing after a 13-year-old girl from a lower caste was beheaded in one of the country’s southern states last week, with her alleged assailant coming from a higher, majority caste, according to police.

The complaint filed with police in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu alleges that the victim had rejected the advances of the accused, triggering a violent reaction.
“The girl was brutally murdered. The investigation is ongoing and the accused has been arrested,” said Ponkarthik Kumar, senior police official in the district.

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