60-year-old woman injured in ‘witchhunt’

  • HT Correspondent, None, BHILWARA
  • Updated: Dec 07, 2014 16:33 IST

Police arrested a woman and her two sons on Saturday from a village in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district for allegedly assaulting a widow on suspicion of practicing witchcraft.

Police said that accused -- Durga Kanjar, 45, Bhura, 20, and Kalu, 18 -- were arrested on Saturday from Piploond village under Jahajpur police station, around 120 km from capital Jaipur. The victim Shanti Bai (60) has been admitted to the government hospital in Jahajpur where her condition is said to be stable.

People in rural areas of the state are still swayed by superstitious beliefs, often leading to unsavoury incidents including violence.

According to police, women living alone – widows and spinsters – are often accused of practicing witchcraft.

In her complaint, the victim said that three accused barged into her house on Friday night and assaulted her with sticks, Jahajpur station house officer Sanwar Mal Nagora said.

They even dragged Shanti Bai to their house and kept her captive till police rescued her.

The SHO said that accused blamed Shanti Bai for a “mysterious illness” afflicting their domestic horse. Bhilwara superintendent of police Hemant Sharma said that the accused were remanded in judicial custody by a local court on Saturday.

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