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Men undergo trial by boiling oil over stolen food

THE leaders of a village in the Indian state of Rajasthan ordered 150 men to dip their hands into boiling oil to prove their innocence after rice and wheat was stolen from a local school.

The council, or panchayat, of Ranpur village, 340km (210 miles) south of state capital Jaipur, ordered the men to pick a copper ring from a cauldron of boiling oil.

The council elders then announced that the 50 who refused the order must be behind the crime.

Many are now nursing their burns.

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