The Straits Times
Published on Feb 20, 2013

Three young Indian sisters raped, murdered in Maharashtra state


MUMBAI (AFP) - Three sisters aged between six and 11 were raped and murdered before their bodies were dumped down a village well in rural western India, police said on Wednesday.

The bodies of the three schoolgirls 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 told AFP.

No arrests have been made but Ms Singh said four people had been detained for questioning and investigations were still under way.

Family members said the girls, aged six, nine and 11, had gone out to look for their mother who was out of the house and no one heard from them again.