A woman who travelled to India to treat her depression was drugged, raped and beheaded before her body was found hung upside down in a forest.
Liga Skromane, 33, who is Latvian but was living in Dublin, Ireland, for the past five years with her partner, arrived in Kerala with her sister in February.
She was hoping to be treated at one of the ayurvedic centres the area is famous for, according to NDTV.
But she went missing a few weeks after arriving in the country after leaving the centre to visit a beach. Her decomposing body was found near a mangrove forest in Thiruvallam on April 21.
Police revealed on Thursday – the same day her funeral was held in Thiruvananthapuram that she was lured by two men, who drugged and raped her before killing her.
Two suspects are in custody.
They are drug peddlers and one is a repeat offender with a history of sexually abusing men and women in the area where Ms Skromane’s body was found, sources told NDTV.
Police said the victim’s post-mortem examination didn’t reveal much because of how decomposed her body was.
However, they were able to determine that she was given drugs and assaulted before being strangled to death. May her soul rest in peace.