Three sisters aged six, nine and 11 were raped, murdered and had their bodies dumped in a well by an attacker in India who lured them with food, police have said.
The girls, whose mother is a widowed domestic servant, were last seen outside a cheap roadside cafe selling rice and may have decided to follow their killer, or killers, because they were hungry.
The case has provoked fresh outrage in India, where there has been a sharp increase in the reporting of sexual violence since the gang-rape and murder of a Delhi student on a moving bus in December.
Villagers in Maharashtra state protested that police had failed to act after the girls' grandfather reported them missing last week. (© Daily Telegraph, London)