Two beaten to death in Bihar

April 24th, 2008 - 6:12 pm ICT by admin  

Patna, April 24 (IANS) In two incidents of ‘mob justice’, a man was lynched for allegedly attempting to rape a girl while another man was beaten to death for opposing extramarital relations of his wife in Bihar. Mithilesh Singh was lynched for allegedly attempting to rape a girl at Kelbanni-Dahiyar village under Rosra police station in Samastipur district, about 100 km from here, police said Thursday.

Singh entered the house of Manju Devi, a ward member in the village, and allegedly tried to rape her twelve-year-old daughter. But the family members caught him and beat him to death, a police official said.

In another case, Nasib Paswan was beaten to death by the family members of his wife for opposing her extramarital relations in Betadi village in Bhojpur district, about 70 km from here.

Police have begun investigations.

In rural Bihar, “mob justice” is increasingly becoming common. Last year, over three dozen cases of lynching were reported and many more have gone unreported.

The worst lynching case was reported in September last year when 10 people from the underprivileged Kueri community in Vaishali district were beaten to death over an alleged theft. Later, a high-level probe found that the men were not thieves.

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