A 60-year-old woman was stripped and tortured in a village in Lakhimpur Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh on Monday after her son allegedly eloped with a girl, police said.

The woman's face was blackened and chilli powder was thrown on her private parts as 'punishment', they said.

The woman was rescued and the police were called when her husband ran to villagers for help. She is in a critical condition.

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Senior police officer Akhilesh Chaurasia said the woman was attacked by the family members of the girl with whom her son had allegedly run away on Sunday.

Both the families belong to the same village.

Mr Chaurasia said a police complaint has been filed against five people, including four women, who are missing.

(Feature image is representational | Source: Reuters)