facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Indian police probe sacrifice of girl, 7

Jan. 3, 2012 at 10:35 AM   |   Comments

RAIPUR, India, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Police in India's Chhattisgarh state investigated whether a family feud was behind the choice of a 7-year-old girl apparently sacrificed for a good harvest.

Police said Lalita Tanti was kidnapped Oct. 21 from her school in an unnamed village in the Bijapur district and her mutilated body was found two days later in a forest, the BBC reported Tuesday from Raipur, the state's capital.

While two of the girl's neighbors were arrested, police said they believe more villagers were involved.

The girl was offered as a sacrifice to ensure a bumper crop, police said.

"The body was recovered from near a temple so we believe that she was sacrificed," a police official told the BBC. "Our investigations have revealed that there was a dispute between the two accused people and the victim's father … ."

The official said police believe other villagers were involved in the crime as "such kinds of ritual sacrifice involve a whole community or a village."

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Madeleine McCann report finds authorities hindered investigation
2
Obama approval rating hits record low in blue California
3
At least 6 dead in Paris apartment explosion
4
Islamic State allegedly beheads second American journalist
5
Mary Landrieu hit with residency, ethics complaints
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback