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Woman accused of witch hunt killed, eaten in Jharkhand

June 9, 2011 by  
Filed under India, Jharkhand, Persecution

Indian Witch HuntA woman accused of practicing black magic was murdered.

Her assailants then cut up her body and consumed it in Gumla, Jharkhand.

Aitwari Devi, 45, was killed at Nawgai village of the district, around 140 Km from Ranchi, on June 5, the police said.

After she was killed, her body was allegedly cut into pieces by the assailants who later made a meal of it after roasting it.

The incident came to the notice of the police on the same day when Aitwari’s son, Avadh Nayak, 16, informed them.

According to police, the woman was charged with practising black magic by her assailants.

Church activists have over and over again expressed their concern over the increasing incidents of witch hunting.

A brother-sister duo, who was accused of practising witch hunt, was killed in February in Orissa’s Keonjhar district.

Witch hunts are carried out mostly in rural and tribal areas. A person is punished, even killed, for bringing bad luck or illness to a village or family.

It is also considered as a way of grabbing land, settling scores or even punishing a woman for turning down sexual advances.

Father Manoj Nayak, who assists the social action arm of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar archdiocese, voiced his concerns.

“This is really worrying. We are at a loss as this belief is also held within the Christian community,” he said.
According to some estimates, 150-200 women were accused of witchcraft and killed in India last year. Some 2,500 women have been murdered in witch hunts over the last 15 years.


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