The youngster was pulled from the ground by a passer-by after he spotted soil moving in his field
A seven-year-old girl has clawed her way to safety after being strangled and buried alive, allegedly by her members of her own family.
The youngster, from Uttar Pradesh in India, was found by a shocked villager after he heard her cries for help as he returned from his fields.
He followed the noise to find an area of earth moving and when he began to dig, found the girl in a semi-conscious state under the soil.
India Today reports he took the girl, named Tanu, to a nearby police station where detectives found she also had strangulation marks on her neck.
Once she regained consciousness, she told officers that she lived in the village of Semri Gauru with her mum Renu Awasthi.
Neither she nor her mother had been seen in the village since August 20, and their house was locked. But Tamu said was taken away by an aunt and uncle who she did not recognise days earlier, and they had buried her in the field.
After the case was reported by local media Tanu’s great-grandmother Rajrani came forward and claimed Tanu’s mum, who was having problems with her husband, had left their house around a fortnight ago without telling anyone.
Police are continuing to search for her.
Tanu has now been discharged from hospital, and is living with Rajrani.