In this photograph taken on July 20, 2017 a driver pets a cow walking along a road in New Delhi.
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A top official in northern Uttar Pradesh state said Friday police have advised people not to believe or spread rumors following the death of a 65-year-old woman who was beaten by a mob on suspicion that she was a witch responsible for the hair theft.Anand Kumar says village committees have been ordered to quash rumors about ghosts or witches cutting off women's braids. Police were investigating the claims, he said. In the state capital, Lucknow, police said a rumor began last week about someone cutting off the hair of women.
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