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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

'Witches' lynched in India

This is horrifying. Two women suspected of witchcraft were lynched in their village in northern India. The Courier-Mail in Australia has the shocking story:

A Tribal mob in northeastern India lynched and decapitated two women accused of practising witchcraft, threw their bodies into a river and paraded their heads as trophies, police said.

The mob dragged the 60-year-old Bodo tribal woman and her 30-year-old daughter from their village in Jarbari, 280 km west of Assam state's main city of Guwahati, and killed them.


Eight people have been arrested over the attack. Witchcraft is practised in various areas in India but is particularly popular in some parts of the remote northeast where it is used to treat ailments or cast spells on enemies.


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