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Fri, 05 Feb 2010 18:22:18 GMT

The hole where the girl was buried alive

The body of a 16-year-old Turkish girl has been discovered after
being buried alive by relatives in an "honor" killing carried out as
punishment for talking to boys.

Police discovered the body after receiving an anonymous tip.

The police was told that the girl was killed after a family council
meeting, and had been buried under a chicken pen.

Police say that the girl had complained two months earlier that her
grandfather beat her for talking to boys.

The girl was identified by her initials, and was said to have large
amounts of soil in her stomach and lungs.

"The autopsy result is blood-curdling. According to our findings,
the girl - who had no bruises on her body and no sign of narcotics
or poison in her blood - was alive and fully conscious when she was
buried," an unnamed expert said, Huffington Post reported.

Police have arrested her mother, father and grandfather who had
reported her as missing.

Official figures indicate that more than 200 honor killings take
place in Turkey each year.