Another reader alerts me to this story, presumably so I continue this week’s theme of middle-aged women travelling to exotic shores:
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.
So she went with her sister.
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.
Which has me wondering where the sister was. Unless the beach was very close by, you’d have thought the two of them would have gone together.
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.
I don’t know what to make of this, other than two women went to a dangerous foreign place, and one went off on her own to find a beach and wound up being killed. Common sense seems to have been in short supply, especially considering the presence of drugs in the story and that the victim was suffering depression. There’s probably a bit more to this story, but I doubt we’ll ever know it.