Police had identified the 17-year-old as the possible culprit in the rape and murder of a 35-year-old woman near the municipality of Colquechaca.
The chief prosecutor reports that more than 200 furious local people seized the man and buried him in the grave of his alleged victim. Residents blocked roads into the village to stop police arriving.
Apparently, a reporter for a local radio station would only speak anonymously for fear of reprisals. He told the media that mourners tied up the accused man and threw him into the open grave alongside the woman's coffin before covering them both with earth.
Correspondents say lynchings sometimes happen in isolated, poorer parts of Bolivia, where police and other authorities are scarce.
Prior to European colonization, the Andean region of Bolivia was a part of the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. The conquistadors took control of the region in the 16th century. During most of the Spanish colonial period, this territory was known as Upper Peru. An indigenous people of Bolivia, Peru and Chile, the Aymara have lived in the Andes for over 2000 years.
According to Wikipedia, the Bolivian population, estimated at 10 million, is multiethnic, including Amerindians, Mestizos, Europeans, Asians and Africans. The main language spoken is Spanish, although the Guarani, Aymara and Quechua languages are also common and all four, as well as 34 other indigenous languages, are official. The large number of different cultures within Bolivia has contributed greatly to a wide diversity in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music.
I've always been fascinated by the hunting music of the pan pipes. In my first book, Still Rock Water, the 16-year-old daughter tries to learn to play the pipes.
The video below is well worth listening to against the backdrop of Bolivia.
In Western society, a judge and jury must have irrefutable proof of a man's guilt. A man convicted of rape is liable to imprisonment for life or for any shorter term. Sometimes, he will be pampered in jail for a few months before he's released to prey on women again.