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Monday, 3 December, 2001, 18:41 GMT
Pakistani villagers 'stone woman'
Reports from Pakistan say villagers in southern Sindh province have stoned and beaten a 100-year-old woman after they said she had tried to eat a new-born baby.

A newspaper report in the leading English-language daily, the Dawn, said the woman was beaten unconscious on Sunday by a mob armed with stones and clubs.

She had allegedly entered a family home in Shahpat village and tried to eat a baby.

It is not known if the child was hurt.

Police reportedly handcuffed the woman, but the mob continued to throw stones while the police looked on passively.

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