Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Two held after girl 'sacrificed'

Two men arrested in India are accused of sacrificing a girl in the hope of a better harvest

Two men have been arrested for allegedly killing a 7-year-old girl and cutting out her liver in a ritual sacrifice to ensure a better harvest, police in central India say.

A senior police officer in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh state said Lalita Tati disappeared in October and her dismembered remains were found a week later.

Rajendra Narayan Das said police arrested the men last week. They told officers they killed the girl to appease their gods and get a better harvest.

The men are both "tribals", which in India refers to the region's indigenous people. Most such people are mired in poverty and illiteracy.