New Delhi - A young girl was rescued by farmers after being buried alive in a field in northern India, local media reported on Wednesday.

The kindergarten pupil managed to free her head from the soil and screamed for help, which alerted farmers nearby in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the Asian Age said.

The incident occurred on Monday, when the child's aunt and uncle took her on the pretext of attending a village fair, the Asian Age said.

The girl told police that the two beat and strangled her, and then, presuming her to be dead, buried her.

“We tried to dig her out with our hands so that she did not get hurt, but by then she had lost consciousness again,” a witness named Ramrati said. She was taken to hospital and later discharged after treatment.

The police were looking for the suspects. - Sapa-dpa