‘Mentally challenged’ woman lynched on suspicion of being child-lifter in MP

The body of the woman was found in a jungle near Barhgarh village on Thursday and reported to Morwa police by a village official the next day.

Updated: Jul 23, 2018 20:24:35

By HT Correspondent

People protest against lynchings in the country, at Parliament street in New Delhi. (Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)

An unidentified woman aged between 25 and 30 years and said to be mentally challenged, was allegedly lynched by a mob on suspicion of being a child-lifter in a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Singrauli district.

Police have arrested 12 people and are interrogating them.

The body of the woman was found in a jungle near Barhgarh village on Thursday and reported to Morwa police by a village official the next day.

The woman is yet to be identified, said Riyaz Iqbal, superintendent of police, Singrauli.

However, police sources said the woman was said to be mentally challenged and belonged to a village in the area and was often seen roaming in the area.

According to police, Bhosh villagers were seen chasing the woman on Thursday night accusing her of being a child-lifter. They later started attacking her.

Heera Singh Gond, a resident of village Katarihar, hit the woman with an axe while Gopal Singh, Durga Singh and Devlal Singh, all residents of Bhosh attacked the woman with lathis and sticks, police said.

The woman ran for her life. But the accused surrounded her near a school and attacked her again, they said.

The other accused Deepnarayan Singh, Raghuvir Singh, Ram Singh, Ramashankar Sahu, Gambhir Singh, Ramcharan Singh, Lakhpati Singh, Karan Singh, Jagshah Agaria and Rambali Singh joined the group of assailants and attacked the woman.

Later, they dragged the body of the woman and threw her in a nullah in the jungle near Barhgarh village.

SP Iqbal said the accused had confessed to committing the crime and weapons of the crime had been seized.

Police lodged an FIR against the accused and booked them under sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Rumours have been rife in Singrauli district about alleged child-lifters for several months, apparently through Whatsapp messages.

Police are making announcements in the district that people should not pay heed to rumours and have asked people to inform them if anybody is found spreading rumours.

First Published: Jul 23, 2018 15:35:30


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