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India: Over 30 bodies of purported 'unmarried girls' found adrift in Ganges *GRAPHIC*01:12

India: Over 30 bodies of purported 'unmarried girls' found adrift in Ganges *GRAPHIC*

India, Pariyar Ghat, Unnao
January 13, 2015 at 19:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Some 30 bodies were found floating in the Ganges River at a site called Pariyar Ghat near the northern Indian town of Unnao Tuesday, after being set adrift as part of several unorthodox funeral ceremonies.

Dogs and birds circled the body parts, feeding off from the semi-submerged corpses. Local residents reportedly told police that 'unmarried girls' were often set adrift in the Ganges instead of being cremated in the river.

As many of the bodies were severely mutilated, police stated that they have been unable to ascertain the bodies' genders. Although an investigation has been opened, police officials have stated that the case did not seem to be related to any crime.

India: Over 30 bodies of purported 'unmarried girls' found adrift in Ganges *GRAPHIC*01:12
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Some 30 bodies were found floating in the Ganges River at a site called Pariyar Ghat near the northern Indian town of Unnao Tuesday, after being set adrift as part of several unorthodox funeral ceremonies.

Dogs and birds circled the body parts, feeding off from the semi-submerged corpses. Local residents reportedly told police that 'unmarried girls' were often set adrift in the Ganges instead of being cremated in the river.

As many of the bodies were severely mutilated, police stated that they have been unable to ascertain the bodies' genders. Although an investigation has been opened, police officials have stated that the case did not seem to be related to any crime.

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