Police in the northern India state of Rajasthan say they were stunned when a man showed up at a police outpost holding a bloody human head in one hand and a sword in another.
According to CNN, the father came in with the head of his daughter that he chopped off because of her "indecent behavior."
Investigators say the man, Oghad Singh, had displayed the head through the village on his way to the police station.
Singh's daughter, Manju Kunwar, was in her 20s and was living with her parents after divorcing her husband two years ago. Her father accused her of acting indecently with other men.
The beheading happened on Tuesday in Dengar Ka Guda, a village in Rajsamand District about 400 kilometers, or 250 miles, from Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan.
Kunwar's head and the rest of her body were cremated according to Hindu tradition, police said.
India is filled with extremes on many levels, including how women are treated. In India, women hold some of the highest positions in society, from company CEOs to the president and Speaker of the House, but this case highlights another side of India, one in which women still suffer the consequences of long-held traditions that govern their behavior in Indian society.
It’s wrong to criticize another cultures values, and customs, but when those customs lead to human rights violations as witnessed here, then it becomes time to take a stand.