Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Monkey strangles girl to death in India

A 16-year-old girl was strangled by a monkey in a village in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state, a news report said Saturday.

The ape attacked the girl called Mamta in the Gorakhpur district located about 300 kilometres east of state capital Lucknow on Wednesday, after she tried to chase it away when it was eating corn kernels, the Asian Age daily reported.

Mamta's father Deep Chand said family members rushed out hearing her cries for help but found the girl lying on the floor and the monkey sitting nearby.

"There were marks around her neck which means she was strangled to death," he told the paper.

Local police has refused to catch the animal. "How do we register a case against a monkey and under what rules do we arrest a simian?" a policeman asked.

Meanwhile, fear has gripped the village as the monkey was roaming free.

"We now keep our children indoors and advised women not to interfere if the monkey is around," a villager, Rajesh Kumar was quoted by the paper as saying.

"If it could kill a 16-year-old girl, it can kill anyone."

Story here.


Anonymous said...

Um, which was it, a "monkey" or an "ape"?

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