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Police on Sunday arrested a 21-year-old girl

A 21 year old girl..

Indian English treats 'girl' as equal to 'woman' in most contexts. Likewise 'boy' == 'man'. as seen in marital partners ads '41 year old boy seeks 35 year old girl ... '

(fwiw I don't think there's anything wrong with that. Indian newspapers should use the local flavor, rather than trying to conform to (say) US English)

That's very intriguing. I was wondering if it was diminution based on gender but if they're doing it for everyone, that makes it more interesting.

This site probably isn't the best place for linguistic prescriptivism.

It's not about prescriptivism. It's questioning a rather bizarre word usage in English. If I called you a "frog" you might query why I were using such an odd term. So it goes here.

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