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Woman stripped, thrown into nullah: 5 held in Bhilwara

Police on Wednesday arrested five persons and sent them to judicial custody following a case filed in Pander police station under Anti-Witchcraft Act on Sunday, in which an 83-year-old woman was stripped, tortured and thrown into a nullah in front of the public.

jaipur Updated: Oct 15, 2015 13:32 IST
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Chhau Bai, in her complaint, stated that five people from a Gujjar family allegedly caned and labelled her a witch on Sunday.
Chhau Bai, in her complaint, stated that five people from a Gujjar family allegedly caned and labelled her a witch on Sunday.

Police on Wednesday arrested five persons and sent them to judicial custody following a case filed in Pander police station under Anti-Witchcraft Act on Sunday, in which an 83-year-old woman was stripped, tortured and thrown into a nullah in front of the public.

The accused have been identified as Ratan Lal Gujjar, his wife Hemlata, his daughter Bharti Gujjar, Geeta Gujjar and Mukesh Gujjar from Bihada village under Jahajpur circle, Superintendent of Police (SP) Bhilwara Hemant Sharma said.

There were produced before the additional chief judicial magistrate court in Jahajpur circle, which sent them to judicial custody till October 27.

Police had started probe on Tuesday and after recording the statement of Chhau Bai, who is recovering in Bhilwara hospital, and arrested the accused from Bihada village and added sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 451( house-trespass in order to commit offense punishable with imprisonment) and 4(1) anti-witchcraft act 2015 in the case, Raj Mal Khinchi, SHO (Pander) said.

Chhau Bai, in her complaint, stated that five people from a Gujjar family allegedly caned and labelled her a witch on Sunday. She was also stripped, thrashed with tongs and an iron chain on the road. The accused allegedly poured alcohol on her, applied red powder on her body and threw her into a nullah and threatened her to leave the village.

Bharti, 19, has been ailing since long and a witch doctor had allegedly held Chhau responsible for performing witchcraft and harming Bharti. Following his suggestion, the family members attacked Bai, deputy SP Prahlad Singh said.