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Woman in India is killed over 'witchcraft' fears

By T.K. Randall
July 5, 2022 · Comment icon 6 comments

The attack is certainly not an isolated incident. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Malcolm Lidbury
Police are investigating the case of a woman who was murdered by villagers who believed that she was a witch.
The execution of someone suspected of practicing witchcraft might seem like a form of barbarism relegated to the annals of history, however in some parts of the world, those accused of being practicing witches are still at risk of potentially lethal reprisal.

This fact was brought into sharp focus recently when a 70-year-old woman from Jharkhand's Garhwa district in India was beaten to death by villagers who believed that she was a witch.
According to the woman's family, she was dragged from her home by a group of at least five people.

Police are now in the process of carrying out a postmortem on the victim's body.

"Murder on suspicion of witchcraft" is a notorious problem in the region which, according to statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), has seen over 590 suspected witches (most of which being women) murdered between 2001 and 2020.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Nnicolette 2 years ago
So why did they think she was a witch?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Cookie Monster 2 years ago
Comment icon #3 Posted by ThereWeAreThen 2 years ago
Holy Grail is my favourite Monty Python film, genius.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Piney 2 years ago
Because they are superstitious morons.....
Comment icon #5 Posted by Abramelin 2 years ago
Quote: "As per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 590 people, mostly women, were killed over this between 2001 and 2020. " I suspect something else then mere superstition. Maybe some people had reasons to want to get rid of the old woman, and accusing her of witchcraft would be a - for that area - a perfect excuse for killing her.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Piney 2 years ago
Evangelical preachers in Africa do that to get rid of indigenous wisdom keepers. 

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