Jharkhand Girl Found Mutilated

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Ranchi: A woman studying to become a teacher has been found dead right outside her Jharkhand college, her head smashed and her hands severed. Disturbing photos show one of her amputated hands lying near her body. The woman, identified as Sonali Murmu, 30, was married with a young child, the police said.

A woman in the Ramgarh district has told the police that she heard cries and rushed to the college gate, where she discovered the body. Unconfirmed reports say she has told the police that she saw a motorcycle leaving the area.

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National outrage this week followed the rape and murder of a law student in Kerala, who was discovered with her intestines hanging out by her mother in the home they shared. Activists have said the police tried to cover up evidence of the student’s rape to minimize the embarrassment for the state’s Congress government, which is seeking election.

The Kerala student, who was a Dalit, was also 30 years old. Her mother, hospitalized in shock, has told activists that the student had repeatedly complained to the police in Ernakulum about being harassed, but was ignored.

The police says that neighbours ignored shouts for help, a claim contested by some residents and verified by others, who said noisy quarrels were not unusual at the law student’s home.

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