Three young sisters from a small Indian village have been raped and murdered before their bodies were thrown into a well, it has emerged.
The three girls - aged 11, nine and six - went missing on Valentine's Day from their impoverished home village of Murmadi in Lakhni tehsil after finishing school.
Their bodies were found four days later in a well near their hometown in the Bhandara district - which is located just 65kms from the city of Nagpur.
It is alleged that the three sisters - who lived in abject poverty - were lured away by a stranger with the promise of food.
The sisters' father died four years ago and the family struggles to get by on the lowly wage earned by their mother as a labourer.
Villagers have already criticised the police handling of the case - claiming they tried to pass off the deaths as an accident.
Union Minister Praful Patel, who represents Maharashtra in parliament, visited the mother of the three girls at her home.
He told NDTV: 'As a father of three daughters, I am appalled at the atrocity committed on these girls. I have raised the matter with the chief minister to ensure financial assistance to the widow, speedy investigation and a fast track trial of the accused.'
Mr Patel had urged chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to provide special financial aid to the widow, the Times Of India reports.
Five large investigation teams have been formed to find the culprit and a reward has been offered for any information leading to an arrest of 50,000 rupees - the equivalent of just under £600.
Some workers on the minimum wage in India earn as little as £35 a month. But many don't any receive that.- MailOnline
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