Teen girl stoned to death for beauty contest

By ninemsn staff
A teenage boy has allegedly claimed the stoning to death of a Muslim girl who participated in a beauty contest was justified under Islam.

Police in the Ukraine have launched a murder investigation after the battered body of Katya Koren was found in a village in the Crimea region near her home, the Daily Mail reports.

The 19-year-old had come seventh in a beauty contest and officers are looking into whether she was killed under Sharia law, a controversial religious code which is interpreted to different extremes across the Islamic faith.

Three Muslim youths are being investigated and one of the group, a 16-year-old boy, is under arrest. He allegedly told police Ms Koren had "violated the laws of Sharia" and he had no regrets about her death.

Friends of Ms Koren said she liked wearing fashionable clothes and had entered the regional heats of the Miss Ukraine beauty pageant.

The Telegraph reports police allege the teen suspect has a long history of mental health problems and he had developed an unhealthy and unrequited obsession with Ms Koren.



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