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Starvation death: Superstition led to death of Pooyapally woman?

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Superstition and the practice of occult could be the reasons behind the recent death of Thushara, the 27-year-old who was starved to death by her husband, Chanthu Lal, and mother-in-law at Pooyapally in Kollam.

While the family lived in a temporary structure, there is a well-built temple on the compound which was frequented by tantric people, according to their neighbours. Whether the woman was tortured and allegedly put on special diet of raw rice and sugar as part of some dark rite was to be investigated, the police said.

‘‘We have charged a case of dowry death and the rest can be confirmed only after investigation. But none of the local people have ever approached the police with any information on the woman or filed a complaint with the police,’’ said an investigating officer.

‘‘Nobody is allowed on the premises apart from the persons practising witchcraft. When we tried to question the constant visit of tantric people and long rituals, they threatened to harm us with black magic,’’ said a neighbour.

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