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Pregnant woman attacked in Kerala, five arrested
October 08, 2007 20:33 IST
A pregnant woman was thrashed by a mob after she was accused of theft in a village in Malappuram district in Kerala [Images] on Monday.
Five persons were arrested in connection with the brutal attack by the public at Edappal village. The State Human Rights Commission and a local court have sought a detailed police report on the incident.
Forty-year-old Jyothi, a wandering tribal woman hailing from Tamil Nadu, her teenaged daughter Kavitha and a five-year-old girl were targeted by a group of over 100 persons. The group included employees of a textile shop from where a customer's gold anklet was reported missing, police said. The shop employees and public alleged that the woman was moving in a 'suspicious manner' and attacked her, the police said.
Despite the trio pleading that they had nothing to do with the theft, they were roughed up for over an hour and their dresses torn to find out if they had hidden the anklet. The ornaments were not found in their possession.
The police managed to disperse the crowd and rushed the woman to a hospital.
"In all, five persons, allegedly involved in the brutal attack, have been arrested today and a police team led by Tirur Deputy Superintendent of Police N K Pushkaran is probing the incident to identify other culprits," said Malappuram Superintendent of Police P Vijayan.