A seven-year-old girl was ritually murdered and her liver offered to the
gods in return for a good agricultural harvest in the central state of
Chhattisgarh, India, police said on Sunday.
According to Narayan Das, police chief of Bijapur district, in a telephone conversation with AFP
: "A seven-year-old girl was sacrificed by two persons superstitiously believing that the act would give a better harvest."
Police arrested two men in connection with the murder of Lalita Tati
after her body was found in October. Her family had reported her
missing. According to the police, the men confessed to the crime.
AFP reports that the jungle district of Chhattisgarh is a rebel Maoist
stronghold where human sacrifice is still practised. The sacrifices are
believed to appease the gods, spirits and deities.
The district of Chhattisgarh is not the only one in India where human
sacrifice is practised. In 2010, the decapitated body of a factory
worker was found in a temple in the eastern state of West Bengal.