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 incident. 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 black magic. 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.