Text: Muzaffar, Maroosha. “Indian man beaten to death by mob three months after he cut ‘holy’ tree.” The Independent. https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/india/india-jharkhand-mob-lynching-holy-tree-b1986976.html

Extract: “A 34-year-old man was dragged out of his home and killed by a mob in India’s eastern Jharkhand state for cutting down a “holy” tree in October last year.”

This news article is extremely short and gives only a very basic overview of the incident. Some other news articles have quite a bit more information and a local news outlet may be include specific information about the cultural background of the incident.

In this particular event it would seem that there are definitely cultural elements that are key to understanding what happening. However, there may be perspectives on the murder that are not linked to culture and can deepen the understanding of what happened and why.