Patna, Jan. 11 -- The Gaya police Thursday claimed to have solved the mystery of the brutal killing of a 16-year-old minor girl, whose beheaded body was recovered on January 6, and said her family killed her out of a misguided sense of shame.

"It's a case of honour killing. The girl eloped with someone on December 28 from her home in Patwa panchayat but returned after three days. This angered the parents, who plotted the coldblooded murder with the help of a butcher friend," said Gaya senior superintendent of police Rajiv Kumar Mishra. The parents and the butcher have been arrested and they have confessed, he said.

Over the last few days, news of the murder went viral on social media with people across cities commenting on the horrific in...