Monday, May 23, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Chhattisgarh couple assaulted for alleged witchcraft

Chhattisgarh couple assaulted for alleged witchcraft
May 21, 2011, 04.44pm IST

RAIPUR: A husband-wife duo was brutally attacked by villagers near
Chhattisgarh after branding the woman as a `witch', police said on

The eyes of the couple, accused of practising witchcraft, were pierced
using scissors and the woman's tongue was cut off by a group of
residents of village Saura, about 65 kms from here, yesterday, Senior
Superintendent of Police Deepanshu Kabra said.

The woman, Shyamkunwar (45) - a Dalit - was branded a witch by the
locals, who held her responsible for the health and financial being
faced by people in the area, he said.
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A group of villagers barged into the couple's house and began
assaulting the woman. When her husband Mansharam Banjare tried to
intervene, enraged villagers damaged their eyes and later severed
Kunwar's tongue, police said.

The injured couple was admitted to a nearby hospital. The incident
sparked tension in the village, where additional force has been
deployed, Kabra said.

Six persons have been arrested so far, police said, adding a case has
been registered under the Witchcraft Prevention Act.

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