WITCHCRAFT

  • Man beaten up on suspicion of practising witchcraft in Visakhapatnam September 7, 2014

    Visakhapatnam: A fiftyfive years old man was allegedly beaten up mercilessly and his teeth were pulled out about two weeks ago in Chakaligedda area near Marripalem, because he was suspected to be practising 'black magic'. B Ganga Raju, the victim, lodged the complaint, police said. Locals attributed three recent deaths...
  • Accused of black magic, woman forced to eat human excreta, paraded naked August 13, 2014

    A woman in a village in Bihar's Katihar district was forced by some people to eat human excreta and was paraded naked after being branded a witch, police said Wednesday. Kania Devi, a middleaged woman, was abused and beaten in Sakraili village, about 150 km from here, on suspicion of practicing...
  • NGO advocates national level act to prevent witch killing July 3, 2014

    With mass killings allegedly related to witchcraft continuing in Jharkhand despite a law to prevent it, an NGO on Thursday strongly advocated for an act at national level to check the menace. The demand for a national law was made by the Free Legal Aid Committee (FLAC) at a function organised...
  • Couple lynched for practising witchcraft March 6, 2014

    A couple was beaten to death by their neighbours for allegedly practising witchcraft in a Bihar village. Three people have been arrested for the killings, police said Thursday. The couple's daughter was also injured in the attack. Rameshwar Yadav and his wife Kaushalya Devi were attacked by their neighbours and beaten to...
  • Man murders sister-in-law on suspicion of practising witchcraft March 5, 2014

    A middle-aged-woman was allegedly killed by her relatives who suspected that she practised witchcraft at Uparwara village in Naya Raipur on Wednesday. Four of her relatives were arrested, police said. "Dulari Bai, 52 years old, was beaten and axed to death by her brother-in-law Mehattar Sahu, his wife Rajvantin Bai and...
  • Families of witchhunt victims ostracised in Gumla February 3, 2014

    The witchhunting menace, which has seen many innocent women being persecuted, tortured and even killed in Jharkhand, has also hit their family members who are ostracised by villagers. The practice of witchcraft prevails in several districts of Jharkhand, particularly Gumla, as casualties are reported from there every so often. Just last...
  • 45yearold woman stabbed at BirkeraTongritoli Village over witchcraft charges January 8, 2014

    A woman, whose childrenaccused some people of calling her witch , has been killed byunknown persons in Gumla district, the police said on Monday. The body, bearing stab signs, of forty fiveyearoldBitni Devi at BirkeraTongritoli Village under Raidih police Station was recovered in the morning, the police said. It borestabbings. In their...
  • Three of family hacked to death on suspicion of witchcraft August 18, 2013

    Three members of a family were hacked to death allegedly for practicing witchcraft in a village in Meghalaya's East Khasi Hills district, police said on Saturday. The incident occurred at Smit village late on Friday night, when an unruly mob went on a rampage attacking the three people who were...
  • Rajasthan: Woman beaten up by relatives after being branded as a witch August 3, 2013

    Jaipur: A tribal woman in Rajasthan was branded as a witch and beaten up by five of her relatives, against whom she filed a police complaint on Saturday. Hansa Devi, 47, a resident of Rohida village in Sirohi district, some 400 km from Jaipur, lodged a first information report (FIR)...
  • Shillong: Man allegedly tortured, forced to eat dog's excreta August 3, 2013

    Shillong: A man was allegedly tortured and forced to eat dog's excreta by eight of his relatives for practising suspected witchcraft at Mawutieng in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, police said on Saturday. 47yearold Halorsing Kharumnuid suffered the brutality before he was let off with warnings two days ago, East...
  • Assam: Man killed as part of 'human sacrifice' June 7, 2013

    Silchar (Assam): Tension prevailed in a remote tea garden in Assam's Cachar district on Friday after alabourer was allegedly killed by fellow workers as part of human sacrifice. The police here said that Jawaharlal Mora, who allegedly practised witchcraft, was killed and his body buried at a place at Kalabil...
  • 5 things that 'Ek Thi Daayan' teaches you about witchcraft April 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Director Kanna Iyer's 'Ek Thi Daayan' is the latest to join the league of Hindi films that are based on the theme of witchcraft. The film deals with some stereotypes related to the concept of witches and black magic, and it tries to show some ancient anecdotes about...
  • Jharkhand: Woman beheaded on suspicion of witchcraft January 13, 2013

    Jamshedpur: The head of a tribal woman was chopped off by her brotherinlaw who then surrendered with it at a police station at a village in Jharkhand's SeraikelaKharswan district, police sources said on Saturday. The brotherinlaw Bagit alias Diku Mardi walked into Rajnagar police station with the head of the...
  • Man kills two, injure another over suspicion of witchcraft January 3, 2013

    Rourkela: Two persons were killed and another is battling for her life in an attack believed to have taken place over suspicion of practice of withcraft in Odisha's Sundargarh district, police said on Wednesday. Though the incident took place at Lodhusha village in Tikayatpalli area on...
  • Assam: Two killed for practising witchcraft November 23, 2012

    Guwahati: In a suspected case of witch hunting, a couple was killed by a group of people, which included a brother of one of the victims, in a village in Assam's Chirang district. Four people have been arrested for the killings, police said on Thursday. Police recovered the bodies of Lakhi...
  • Jharkhand: Man buried alive for practising witchcraft August 20, 2012

    Latehar: A man was beaten up by some people and buried alive at Aradhih village in Latehar district for allegedly practising witchcraft, police said on Sunday. The police on Sunday exhumed the body of Mangar Bhuyan and sent it for postmortem after his family members...
  • Odisha witchcraft: 2 killed in police firing March 31, 2012

    Berhampur/Bhubaneswar: Two persons were killed when police opened fire to disperse a violent mob which attacked them at a village in Odisha's Ganjam district on Saturday over suspected practice of witchcraft. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered an inquiry into the incident by the district and sessions judge, Ganjam. The clash occurred at...
  • Witchhunt still a reality in Orissa, Jharkhand January 25, 2011

    More than 200 women are killed every year in India after being branded as witches. ...
  • 3 family members commit suicide in Rajasthan July 4, 2010

    Udaipur: Three members of a family committed suicide in a Rajasthan village after a panchayat boycotted them for allegedly practising witchcraft, police said on Sunday. Khetnath, 60, his wife Nathibai, 55, and their son Naresh, 27, killed themselves late Friday. They were residents of Gaamdapal village near Salumber town, over 60...
  • Congo capital fears 'penisstealing sorcerers' April 23, 2008

    Kinshasa: Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft. Reports of socalled penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and witchcraft...
  • Widow garlanded with shoes for praying at a temple April 4, 2008

    Ranchi: A widow was forced to wear a garland made of shoes and her face was blackened after she defied a ban on her to offer prayer at a temple in Dhanbad district of Jharkhand. According to reports appearing in the local media, Kalawati Devi was banned by villagers from entering...
  • Villagers catch 'witch', beat up and parade her March 28, 2008

    New Delhi: In yet another incident of mob justice in Bihar, residents of a village in Patna mercilessly beat up a woman accusing her of being possessed and practicing witchcraft. The woman had reportedly gone to the village on Thursday to collect her baggage that she had left a week ago...
  • Lalu accused of practicing witchcraft January 29, 2007

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the Bihar government will initiate action against Railway Minister Lalu Prasad practicing alleged exorcism in Phulwaria village. On Sunday, JD (U) national spokesman Shivanand Tiwari had demanded Prasad's arrest for allegedly playing the role of an exorcist during consecration of a temple at his native...
  • Parents murder kids for good luck January 3, 2007

    Bhubaneswar: A man and his wife strangled two of their three minor children to death in Orissa after performing rituals before deities with a hope that it will make the children alive and bring good fortune to their family, police said Wednesday. Padmalochan Gahan and his wife Minati killed their eldest...
  • Assam haunted by witchhunts September 19, 2006

    Guwahati: Witchhunts are rampant in many parts of rural Assam and north Bengal and more than 400 people have been killed due to suspected witchcraft in the tea gardens and remote villages of the states over the past decade. In the latest incident, a couple branded as a witch...
  • Five beheaded in Assam for witchcraft August 22, 2006

    Guwahati: A group of villagers beheaded five people including a man, his wife and teenage daughter in the remote northeast region, accusing them of practising witchcraft, police said on Tuesday. The villagers stormed the house of the 55yearold man in Assam's Kokrajhar district, about 240 km west of the state capital...