JAIPUR: A father in north-western India was unrepentant after beheading his daughter with a ceremonial sword in a rage over her relationships with men, police said.

The man surrendered at a police station, carrying the head in one hand and the bloodied sword in the other. Oghad Singh, 46, was charged with murder.

Dungarji village residents expressed shock as they performed the last rites for the 20-year-old woman killed on Monday.

Police said Singh, a marble miner, accused his daughter of bringing dishonour to the family and making it hard to find husbands for her two unmarried sisters.

Wailing women lined the dusty road of the village in Rajasthan state as a procession carried Manju Kanwar’s remains to her funeral pyre. The women, including her mother and four sisters, were not allowed to attend the funeral.

Dungarji residents condemned Singh’s actions as extreme. They said Singh, his shirt soaked in blood, had carried his daughter’s head through the village, describing what he’d done to neighbours.

A coroner stitched Kanwar’s head onto her body for the funeral. About 100 men surrounded her muslin-wrapped body, and her brother lit the funeral pyre. – Sapa-AP