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Wednesday, 18 May 2016
This Is Not Good! Woman Tied To A Post And Whipped To Death After Villagers Accused Her Of Being A Witch
A 45-year-old woman,
Sambari Tudu, was whipped to death by a lynch mob in India's West Bengal after
villagers accused her of being a witch. According to Daily Mail, Sambari
Tudu was dragged from her home by fellow villagers before they tied her to a
post, thrashed her and left her to die. Eight people have been
arrested in connection with her death, and further raids are being carried out,
local police said.
A number of her
neighbours in Debra, West Midnapore had fallen ill, for which their families
blamed Ms Tudu. They went to the village elders and accused Ms Tudu of
witchcraft, Zee News reports. The village elders
held a 'trial' where Ms Tudu was not present, and sentenced her to death.
A senior district
police officer said Ms Tudu was dragged from her house by some locals late
Monday night, after which she was tied up and whipped until she 'slumped to the
ground'. The attackers left her
still tied to the post, and she died soon after.
In recent years, there
have been numerous reports of women being branded witches in villages across
central, eastern and northeastern states. In 2013 alone, there
were 160 murders linked to witch hunts, but the unofficial figures are believed
to be higher.
A belief in witchcraft
is prevalent among India's indigenous population, who make up more than eight
per cent of the country's 1.3billion population. Many inhabit remote
villages, eking out a living from farming, cattle rearing and selling forest
Campaigners say a
combination of patriarchy, poverty, a lack of education and poor law
enforcement allows witch-branding to continue.
Women can be accused
of witchcraft following illnesses, deaths or poor crops, but activists say
there is often a motive behind the murders, such as a dispute or an intention
to acquire the woman's land or other assets.