60-year-old woman stripped naked, tied to a tree after being branded a ‘witch’, three reserved

A 60-year-old woman was allegedly stripped naked and tied to a tree after some people branded her a witch in Jharkhand’s Sahibganj district, police said on Thursday.

According to a report by the PTI news agency, an FIR has been registered against three people based on the victim’s complaint at the Barhait police station, some 385 km from the capital, Ranchi.

“According to the victim’s statement, the incident took place 20 days ago and was being resolved by the village panchayat. However, on Wednesday he filed an FIR against three people,” PTI quoted the manager of the Barhait police station as saying. , Gaurav Kumar, as said.

According to the woman, she was released on the condition of paying Rs 21,000 to the accused.

Kumar said the defendants have left the village and a search operation is underway to arrest them.

“We have some locals under investigation and under interrogation. Some of the villagers said that the accused and the victims are neighbors and that they had an internal dispute. They also said that they took 21,000 rupees from the victim, “police said.”

Kerala woman, 41, arrested for performing ‘black magic’

A 41-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday for allegedly engaging in witchcraft and making children participate in associated rituals in Kerala, police said.

According to a report by the PTI news agency, the woman was arrested after a video, allegedly showing a boy falling unconscious during her rituals, went viral on social media.

In the video clip, the woman could be seen singing “mantras” and dancing, as part of the rituals, and the child was sitting right in front of her.

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According to the police, her husband was also detained and the couple, who come from Malayalapuzha in the Pathanamthitta district, would be taken for a medical examination.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Veena George said the government viewed the matter with the utmost seriousness.

Strict action will be taken against those who use children for such activities. Society must stand united against such practices, as he said.

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