Meerut (UP), Feb 9: A 45-year-old Dalit woman was murdered after allegedly being raped, sparking protests near Daurala area here.
"The 45-year-old woman went to collect fodder but when she did not return till late evening, the family members with the help of villagers started searching for her.
"They found her half-naked body with injury marks, indicating attack by a sharp object, in a nearby sugarcane farm. The body has been sent for post mortem," a police spokesman said.
The victim's husband has registered a complaint against unidentified persons. Villagers alleged that police did not take prompt action in the case and staged protest when a police team reached there.
"The post mortem report would reveal whether the woman was raped. She was attacked by a sharp object," police said.