In a suspected case of suicide, the body of a Dalit woman was found hanging from a tree, police said on Sunday. However, the woman's family alleged that she was being harassed by a youth in their locality and her body was hanged after murder.
Preeti (18) left home on Saturday afternoon to buy vegetables but did not return. Later, her family members found her body hanging from a tree in Belatal area, said Circle Officer Rampravesh Rai. Prima facie, it appears to be a case of suicide, he said.
However, the woman's aunt told the police that she was being harassed by a youth in their locality who was had been making calls to her for the past month. She alleged that Preeti's body was hanged from the tree after the murder, the officer said. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination to ascertain the cause of death, Rai said.