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India: Sisters Raped And Dumped In Well
Three sisters aged six, nine and 11 were raped and murdered before their bodies were dropped in a village well in rural India, police said.
The children's bodies were found last week, two days after they went missing on February 14 from their home in the Bhandara district of Maharashtra state, police superintendent Aarti Singh said.
"The bodies of the three young girls were found in a well, with their schoolbags and footwear," he told reporters.
"The post-mortem has confirmed that the girls were raped and then murdered."
No arrests have been made but the superintendent said four people had been detained for questioning and investigations were still under way.
Family members said the girls had gone out to look for their mother and no one heard from them again.
India's NDTV broadcaster reported their grandfather as saying they were lured away by strangers who promised them food.
The girls, who lost their father four years ago, live in abject poverty.
The incident has led to protests in the village, echoing angry rallies in the capital New Delhi after the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a bus in December.
That incident sparked a nationwide debate about the treatment of women and girls and their safety in India.