A tailor in a suburb of Mumbai in western India has been brutally done to death because he was suspected to have sexually abused a 12-year-old boy.
Mohammed Akbar Sheikh (34) had apparently abused the son of his landlord. When the boy's family came to know of the incident, they were predictably outraged, and it was they who clubbed the tailor to death. Even the 62-year-old grandmother of the abused boy joined the gory dance of death, it is reported.
The police have since arrested the four accused the boy's father Abdul Wahid (37), uncles Salim Sheikh (29) and Abdul Razzak (32) and his grandmother Salma Begum (62).
Siraj Khan, a resident of the area, told the police, "There was a lot of screaming...I saw Sheikh pinned to the wall and assaulted brutally. I appealed to the landlord family to hand over Sheikh to the police and not torture him that way, but they won't listen. In fact they threatened me that a similar fate could be in store for me if I didn't mind my business. It was a question of family honour, they maintained and I had to retreat."
But Siraj too filed the complaint only the next day as he had not expected the tailor to be murdered. He had hoped the man would be let off after the family gave vent to their anger.
It was on discovering the body of the man the next day, he went to the police, the Hindustan Times reports.
"The boy has been sent for a medical examination," a senior police official said.