Indian 'braid chopper': 62-year-old woman lynched in Agra
Some villages have held special prayer sessions to ward off evil spirits and begun patrols to protect their women. (Representative image) Photograph: (Twitter)
A sixty-two-year-old woman was allegedly lynched in Agra on Wednesday after villagers suspected her of chopping off women’s braids in the area, ANI reported.
The incident took place at Mutnai village in the Dauki police station area of Agra.
Maan Devi was reportedly attacked when she had gone to relieve herself early Wednesday morning. ANI reported that Devi was severely beaten by the mob and was left bleeding.
Devi was then taken to a hospital and was later discharged following primary treatment, ANI reported.
According to ANI, she died on her way back.
Media reports said Devi was a Dalit, but WION could not verify that.
The Additional Director General of Police in Agra said an investigation is underway to find the people responsible for the woman’s death.
Since July, at least 55 women across five Indian states have reported waking to find their braids mysteriously lopped off, AFP reported.
However, none of the victims have been harmed in any physical way or robbed.