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Woman kills lawmaker accused of raping her


A schoolteacher in eastern India stabbed to death a regional legislator in Bihar state seven months after alleging the politician and his secretary had raped her, police said.

Raj Kishore Keshari, a lawmaker belonging to Bihar's ruling BJP party, died in hospital in the state's Purnia town after the 45-year-old woman stabbed him with a knife, senior police officer PK Thakur said.

"Rupam Pathak had come to meet Keshari in his residence on the pretext of discussing a personal matter and then stabbed him repeatedly with a sharp dagger she had carried under her shawl," he said.

Supporters of the legislator then attacked the women, who owns a school in the town, officer Thakur said, adding that she was hospitalised with severe injuries.

Pathak in June accused the 51-year-old lawmaker and his secretary of raping her, but later withdrew the charge, Thakur said from the state capital Patna.

Keshari had won elections four times from his home constituency and was a prominent member in the assembly of Bihar, a deeply impoverished and corruption-riddled state.