Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Woman, daughter paraded naked on witchcraft charges

PATNA: A Dalit woman and her 18-year-old daughter were paraded naked in a village in Bihar and mercilessly beaten after being accused of practising witchcraft, police officials said.

The incident took place in the village of Lakhaipure in Gaya district, an official said.

About 50 villagers attacked the duo, accusing them of having caused the murder of a woman called Tulsi Manjhi in the village of Nawadih through witchcraft.

The police have lodged complaints against the 50 villagers, who are also accused of beating up the Dalit woman's younger son in the attack Sunday.

Instances of Dalits being harassed in the name of witchcraft are on the rise in Bihar. Last month two alleged witches were forced to consume human excreta in separate cases of harassment by villagers.

Source: Newindpress.com, August 12, 2003


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