India has been hit by another case of sexual violence after three sisters aged five, nine and 11 were raped and murdered in a remote village.
The three girls, who lived with their mother in Lakhni village in Maharashtra state, disappeared on 14 February, on their way home from school. Their widowed mother is a poor labourer, and when the grandfather went to the police to report their disappearance there was no attempt to search for them.
The police found the bodies of the three girls in an old well two days later, and recorded the deaths as “accidental”. But it was only after people from the village blocked a national highway on Wednesday in protest against the police inaction that the state home minister finally took notice.
A preliminary medical examination showed that all the girls had been raped before being killed. Continue reading