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Superstition: Two men in Bihar make mother drink human excreta for practising witchcraft, arrested by police

Under guidance of an exorcist, two men suffering from poor health, thrash their mother and force her to drink human excreta as a ‘cure’ to their illness.

india Updated: Jun 29, 2017 12:46 IST
Ajay Kumar
Ajay Kumar
Hindustan Times, Sitamarhi
Police at Sitamarhi village where two men forced their mother to drink human excreta
Police at Sitamarhi village where two men forced their mother to drink human excreta(HT photo)

Two sons and a grandson were arrested Wednesday on charges of forcing a woman to drink human excreta in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district, 140 kms north of Patna.

The sons did the bizarre act on the advice of an exorcist, who alleged that their mother Sunaina Devi, 70, was practising witchcraft, the police said.

A Sitamarhi court has remanded all the three accused to 14 days judicial custody.

Sons, Biltu Sahni, 40, and Manoj Sahni, 35, had met an exorcist at Pahleja Ghat in Saran district, seeking magic remedy for their poor health. The exorcist reportedly ‘diagnosed’ their mother to be practising witchcraft, and the ‘root cause’ of their ailment.

As a ‘cure’ he advised them to get their mother to him and make her drink human excreta. Overtaken by superstition, on June 19, the accused waylaid their mother to the exorcist, some 130 kms from their residence at Singha Chauri village under Nanpur block of Sitamarhi district, on the pretext of going to Patna for medical treatment.

“Having forced me to disembark from the train at Pahleja Ghat, they took me to a secluded place and confined me in a hut. My eldest son Biltu first thrashed me before forcing me to drink urine and human excreta under the guidance of an exorcist, who branded me as a witchcraft,” said Devi.

“After two days in captivity, I managed to escape on June 22 and reached home. I narrated the whole incident to my fellow villagers, who convened a panchayat, which my sons evaded,” she added.

On getting the information, station house officer of Nanpur police station, Lalan Kumar, immediately visited the village.

“When I reached the village, a mob of nearly 250 women had gathered there and were demanding action against the sons of the victim. We arrested both the sons as well as the woman’s grandson, an accomplice. Wives of Biltu and Manoj have also been made accused in the case,” Kumar said.

First Published: Jun 29, 2017 12:46 IST