A 35-year-old tribal Garo woman was shot dead in front of her children in Meghalaya by members of an outlawed militant group after she resisted an alleged bid to rape her, a police officer said on Wednesday.
"Josbina Sangma was shot dead by the (outlawed) Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) rebels after she resisted their attempt to molest and rape her late Tuesday," Lakardor Syiem, the district police chief of South Garo Hills, told IANS.
The murder took place inside Sangma's house compound at Raja Rongat village when two of the five GNLA rebels' armed with AK rifles fired at the woman's head in front of her children.
"It is one of the most gruesome and inhuman cold blooded murder... they used AK rifle and fired five to six shots at her head in front of the children while her husband was prevented from coming out of the house," Syiem said.
"One of the rebels who attempted to molest and rape her was identified as Tengton," the police official said.
Raja Rongat village bordering the India-Bangladesh border is about 360 km from Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya.
The gruesome crime was one more addition to a spate of crimes against women during the past fortnight, including the globally condemned gangrape and hanging of two dalit cousins in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh, the epicentre of the latest surge in sex crimes.
Meghalaya home minister Roshan Warjri condemned the killing, saying such a brutal act is not tolerated in a civilized society.
"This gruesome incident should be condemned by all right thinking citizens in strongest term. Such elements have no place in a civilized society and the police are already on their job to nab the killers," Warjri told IANS.
he GNLA, one of the five Garo tribal rebel groups, is fighting for a separate Garoland to be carved out of Meghalaya.
GNLA rebels, who number around 100, unleashed terror in five impoverished districts of Garo Hills in the last five years and killed over 100 people, including security personnel.