Neha Paswan, 17 years old, from Savreji Kharg village in Uttar Pradesh, was reportedly beaten to death by her male relatives only because she wore jeans.
Shakuntala Devi Paswan, Neha Paswan’s mother, told BBC that her daughter had put on a pair of jeans to perform religious rituals. This incident gave rise to an argument in Neha’s family.
Panchayat in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district has barred women from wearing jeans and men from wearing shorts, saying they are part of western culture and that people should wear traditional Indian clothes. Neha’s family took issue with her jeans, which violated this panchayat rule.
Neha’s Mother told BBC that; Neha Paswan had an argument with her grandparents when they objected her to wear such clothes. However, Neha continued arguing by saying, “jeans are made to be worn and I will wear it”.
Neha’s mother reported, male relatives of Neha including grandfather and uncles, severely beaten her with sticks and put her into a rickshaw to take her to the Hospital. However, Neha didn’t return back. Neha’s body was found hanging over a bridge the next morning.
Shakuntala Devi added that her in-laws were often displeased that the teenager preferred to dress in nontraditional clothing and were pressuring the girl to drop out of school.
Neha’s grandfather has been arrested and charged for Neha’s murder. This type of violence is repeatedly seen in India, although being one of the rapid-developing nations in the world.