Police said Anshu Kumari, a resident of Akbarpur police station area in Purnia, had gone missing about a month back.
The family launched extensive searches for her but failed to locate the girl. Last week, the police recovered the body of a girl from a local canal and Anshu’s family identified it as their own daughter on the basis of clothes since her face was bloated beyond recognition.
Her father was so shocked that he had dragged his feet from the cremation rituals, ultimately prompting her grandfather to complete the rituals.
As the news spread in the areas and made waves on social media, Anshu made a video call on her father Binod Mandal’s mobile phone to inform that she was alive. “Papa main abhi zinda hun (Papa, I am alive),” the girl told her father on Saturday, bringing a wave of happiness to the family.
Mustering courage, Anshu further told her father that she had, in fact, eloped with her boyfriend to marry him and was currently staying at her in-law’s home in the Jankinagar area of Banmankhi block in the same district.
“After I came to know about the incident, I made a video call on the girl’s mobile phone to know about the fact. She told me that she is fine in the company of her in-laws,” Akbarpur SHO Suraj Prasad told TOI on Sunday. “The girl also told us that she had eloped with her boyfriend,” the police officer added.
As regards the cremated girl, the SHO said her identity has already been established, adding that it might have been a case of honour killing. “We raided the house of the deceased’s parents, but they were found absconding,” the SHO said, suspecting it as a case of “honour killing”.