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One man was killed and two others were badly hurt
today by villagers in India who accused them of
raping and hanging a seven-year-old girl. The girl
was discovered hanging from a tree near the village
of Kaliabazar, West Bengal, this morning and
angry villagers quickly rounded up a local ‘Tantrik’
holy man and his two friends.
The trio were mercilessly beaten. One later died in
hospital and the two others are still being treated.
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It was a grim reminder of the recent gang-rape case
in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, where two sisters were
raped and then hanged from a tree outside their
village.
After a string of high-profile cases, India has
become notorious for savage sexual attacks on often
young women and girls.
However, the number of rapes recorded in the
country is still far lower than countries such as the
U.S. and UK, according to figures from the UN
Office on Drugs and Crime.
The victim in the most-recent case had gone
missing last night, after apparently going out to the
neighbourhood shop.
The Hindustan Times reports that people went
around the village to gather a search party, which
found her body handing from a tree.
Word spread and rumours began circulating that
she had been gang-raped, spurring villagers to
round up Ratan Das, a local Tantrik, or Hindu
witchdoctor, and two of his associates.
The mob beat up the men and also set fire to a house
belonging to Das, who had been seen with the
victim yesterday morning. Then they went to police.
Sukesh Kumar Jain, East Midnapore
Superintendent of Police, told the Hindustan Times:
‘The father of the girl lodged a complaint at the local
police station against three persons.
‘One of the three accused has already died.’
There is as yet no evidence that the girl was raped
before she was killed. Police said they are not ruling
out a family feud as the motive behind the killing.
‘We are awaiting the autopsy report to confirm
rape,’ said a police officer. ‘There was also some
enmity between the families of the girl and the
prime accused, Ratan Das.’
Culled from UK Daily Mail

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