Police in Ranchi said on Saturday that four suspects were
detained after a 19-year-old engineering student was found
dead, stripped bare and her body charred, the fourth incident
of a woman being burnt alive in Jharkhand, India, the
Hindustan Times has reported.
The BTech student of an IT institute here was living at a
rented house in Buty Basti with her sister who had gone to
visit their parents in Hazaribagh district when her burnt body
was found on Friday.
As the autopsy report to determine the cause of the Ranchi
student’s death was awaited, police said they have formed a
special investigating team (SIT) to probe the shocking
The incident came to light on the day when the entire country
was remembering the December 16, 2012 brutal rape and
murder of a 23-year-old para-medical student, dubbed
Nirbhaya, in a moving bus in Delhi.
Police said it was the fourth shocking incident of women
being burnt alive after being raped or termed witch in
Jharkhand in a week.
On December 14, an elderly woman and her husband in
Simdega district were burnt to death on charges of practising
Lohar Singh, 70 and his wife Chotrai Devi, 62, were dragged
out from their house by three men. They were thrashed first
and later thrown over a heap of dry grass and set on fire.
Another woman was burnt alive on December 12 in Khuti
district on charges of practising black magic.