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Dalit student stoned to death for not withdrawing sexual-harassment case in MP

Police said the accused got down from his bike and dragged the woman to the roadside by her hair. He then allegedly pushed the victim to the ground and smashed her head with a big stone.

india Updated: Aug 20, 2018 21:02 IST
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The student was attacked on her way to college on August 20.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A 23-year-old student was killed in Seoni on Monday after she was dragged by her hair while on her way to college and her head smashed with a stone by a man who was allegedly putting pressure on her to withdraw the sexual harassment complaint against him, police said.

The incident took place around noon when the Dalit student was walking to the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Government Girls College in Seoni -- around 350 km from Bhopal, police officials said.

Narrating what had happened, they said the accused, 38-year-old Anil Mishra, got down from his motorcycle and dragged the woman to the roadside by her hair. He allegedly pushed the victim to the ground and smashed her head with a big stone lying nearby, said Kotwali police station in-charge Arvind Jain.

Some people rushed to help and overpowered Mishra. The woman, who was seriously injured and bleeding profusely, died while being taken to a hospital, Jain said.

Mishra, who has been arrested, prima facie committed the crime as the victim refused to withdraw the sexual harassment case against him, said K K Verma, Seoni sub-divisional officer (police)

Both are residents of a village in Seoni district, Verma said, adding that further investigation is on.

First Published: Aug 20, 2018 21:02 IST