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The beheaded bodies were recovered from a pit near Raba rivulet in a nearby forested area.(Representative Phot/Getty Images)

Villagers in Jharkhand allegedly behead 3 of family for practising witchcraft

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2020 12:57 PM IST
Police have arrested three of the nine suspects from the same village from where the trio went missing on October 7 .
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The police seized the axe used by the man to kill the woman in Odisha.(Representative Photo)
The police seized the axe used by the man to kill the woman in Odisha.(Representative Photo)

Woman killed over witchcraft suspicion in Odisha, man walks into police station with severed head

By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2020 08:13 AM IST
On an average, 60 witchcraft-related murders have taken place annually since 2010 across Odisha.
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The alleged killers suspected that the youth was responsible for the death of 17 men over the past three months.(Representative PhotoGetty Images)
The alleged killers suspected that the youth was responsible for the death of 17 men over the past three months.(Representative PhotoGetty Images)

Odisha cops exhume body parts of youth killed over suspicion of witchcraft

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 12:05 AM IST
The alleged killers had tried to murder two other boys who managed to escape, police said.
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The couple was allegedly murdered over accusations of the woman practicing witchcraft in Odisha.(HT file photo)
The couple was allegedly murdered over accusations of the woman practicing witchcraft in Odisha.(HT file photo)

Odisha police recovers bodies of tribal couple killed over witchcraft suspicion

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 07:35 PM IST
The couple’s bodies were tied with heavy stones and dropped off in the waters. They were killed by a group of people with blows of scythe over suspicions of practicing black magic, the police said.
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Police recovered the charred body of the victim Wednesday morning.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Police recovered the charred body of the victim Wednesday morning.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Adivasi man burnt alive after being accused of witchcraft in Andhra’s Vizag

By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2019 04:33 PM IST
Superstition cost a tribal man his life after a child who was delirious with fever mumbled his name leading her family to suspect that the victim was practising witchcraft.
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A 30-year-old man allegedly killed his elderly uncle and aunt on suspicion of practising witchcraft in Patamda Basti of East Singhbhum district, police said on Wednesday.
A 30-year-old man allegedly killed his elderly uncle and aunt on suspicion of practising witchcraft in Patamda Basti of East Singhbhum district, police said on Wednesday.

Man kills uncle, aunt on suspicions of practising witchcraft

By HT Correspondent | Jamshedpur
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2019 08:40 AM IST
The accused, identified as Shivlal Tudu, has been arrested. Police said Tudu hacked Oping Tudu, 70, and Koki Tudu, 65, to death by sharp weapons.
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Three members of a tribal family in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district were made to put their hands into a pot of boiling water mixed with cow dung by their relatives, who accused them of practising sorcery, police said(File Photo)
Three members of a tribal family in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district were made to put their hands into a pot of boiling water mixed with cow dung by their relatives, who accused them of practising sorcery, police said(File Photo)

Tribal family in Odisha accused of witchcraft by relatives, made to put hands in boiling water

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 09, 2019 03:28 PM IST
Violence over suspicion of witchcraft is on the rise in the state despite the promulgation of the Odisha Prevention of Witch-hunting Act, 2013.
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With the arrest of two brothers at Simbanda village, the West Singhbhum district police said that the gruesome murder of a 30-year-old woman on March 2 was a witch-hunt murder. (Representative Image)(AFP)
With the arrest of two brothers at Simbanda village, the West Singhbhum district police said that the gruesome murder of a 30-year-old woman on March 2 was a witch-hunt murder. (Representative Image)(AFP)

Cops crack ‘witchcraft’ murder in Jharkhand, brother duo arrested

By Manish Raj | Ranchi
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2019 11:17 AM IST
Sonua police station officer-in-charge, Kuldip Kumar said that the headless body of the victim, Phulmani Devi was found on the railway track at the manned railway crossing between Asantaliya and Baidhmara on the morning of March 3.
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Woman accused of witchcraft, thrashed and paraded naked in Ranchi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2019 09:24 AM IST
As per police records, Dumka saw 11 witch hunt murders in 2014, along with one incident each in 2016 and 2017. Kalyani Sharan, chairperson of the state women’s commission said that superstition and lack of education resulted in such incidents, mostly in impoverished regions of the state.
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After Lohra confessed his crime besides revealing the motive, police sent the duck for post mortem at the government veterinary centre at Rahe block on Tuesday evening.(HT File)
After Lohra confessed his crime besides revealing the motive, police sent the duck for post mortem at the government veterinary centre at Rahe block on Tuesday evening.(HT File)

Duck autopsy to crack ‘witchcraft’ murder case in Ranchi

By Manish Raj | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2018 09:43 AM IST
Police said that in a bid to gain mastery of witchcraft the accused had gone to the extent of consuming human and animal blood. A duck with a severed head along with an injured calf tethered to a wooden post was found near Devi’s body.
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NGO members protesting against the killing of women on suspicion of practising witchcraft in Ranchi.(HT File Photo/Representative image)
NGO members protesting against the killing of women on suspicion of practising witchcraft in Ranchi.(HT File Photo/Representative image)

Bihar villagers chop off 70-year-old tribal woman’s tongue for practising witchcraft

By Prasun K Mishra | Hindustan Times, Sasaram
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2018 06:14 PM IST
Tribals constitute only 1.1% of Rohtas district’ population and are deeply mired in superstitious practices. Hundreds of women have been killed in the past few years on suspicion of being witches in the state.
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The victim’s granddaughter, who was sleeping with her at the time of the incident, said three villagers forcibly entered their house late on Saturday and chopped off her grandmother’s tongue accusing her of practicing witchcraft.(AFP/Picture for representation)
The victim’s granddaughter, who was sleeping with her at the time of the incident, said three villagers forcibly entered their house late on Saturday and chopped off her grandmother’s tongue accusing her of practicing witchcraft.(AFP/Picture for representation)

70-year-old woman in Bihar branded witch, tongue chopped off

By Indo Asian News Service | Patna
PUBLISHED ON OCT 22, 2018 11:23 AM IST
Rajkali Devi was attacked in Redia village with traditional weapons and a part of her tongue was cut off leaving her seriously injured, police said.
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There have been several incidents in the tribal societies of Bengal where individuals were branded as witches and lynched.(AFP/Representative image)
There have been several incidents in the tribal societies of Bengal where individuals were branded as witches and lynched.(AFP/Representative image)

Accused of witchcraft, tribal man’s fingers cut off in Bengal’s Birbhum

By Koushik Dutta | Hindustan Times, Midnapore
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2018 10:03 AM IST
According to local residents, headmen of the village branded the man a witch and ordered that he be killed. Subsequently, the punishment was reduced to his fingers being cut off.
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Police take away some of the convicts after they were sentenced life term by a court for lynching five women in a case of witch hunting at Mandar block in 2016, in Ranchi on Thursday, August 2, 2018.(PTI)
Police take away some of the convicts after they were sentenced life term by a court for lynching five women in a case of witch hunting at Mandar block in 2016, in Ranchi on Thursday, August 2, 2018.(PTI)

Ranchi court sentences 13 to life for 2015 murder of 5 women who allegedly practised witchcraft

By HT Correspondent | Bedanti Saran, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2018 11:12 PM IST
On August 8, 2015, a village mob in Ranchi district had hacked five women to death after branding them witches.
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Four bodies of a family — a father, mother and two children — were found buried behind their house in Kerala’s Thdopuzha in Idukki district on Wednesday(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Four bodies of a family — a father, mother and two children — were found buried behind their house in Kerala’s Thdopuzha in Idukki district on Wednesday(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Witchcraft may be behind Kerala family murder: Police

By Press Trust of India | Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON AUG 02, 2018 09:08 PM IST
A top police official said Krishnan had been practising witchcraft for the past several years and collecting money from local people promising to bring them luck and rid them of ‘doshas’ (evil-effects).
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(left to right) Zoya Lobo, Angel Serrao and Sonal Bhonsale at The Wiccan shop in Mahim.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
(left to right) Zoya Lobo, Angel Serrao and Sonal Bhonsale at The Wiccan shop in Mahim.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Mumbaiwale: Can we meet in Mahim? Yes, Wiccan

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2018 01:53 PM IST
Spells to repel ex-lovers; potions to attract money; shortages of sage; weird customers. See what’s brewing at Mumbai’s only Wiccan store
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Five people, including three brothers, were arrested in connection with the attack that took place at Dainadubi area in North Garo Hills district on Monday night.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Five people, including three brothers, were arrested in connection with the attack that took place at Dainadubi area in North Garo Hills district on Monday night.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Man lynched, wife and daughter beaten up for practising ‘witchcraft’ in Meghalaya

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Tura
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2018 07:55 PM IST
A family member of the three brothers was ill for a long time and they suspected that the victims’ black magic was responsible for it.
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The court relied on the testimony of the victim, who said her mother had taken her to the convict’s house in north-west Delhi for treatment of her backache through witchcraft but, instead, he inappropriately touched her private parts.(AFP file photo)
The court relied on the testimony of the victim, who said her mother had taken her to the convict’s house in north-west Delhi for treatment of her backache through witchcraft but, instead, he inappropriately touched her private parts.(AFP file photo)

Man, who claimed to practise witchcraft, convicted of sexually assaulting minor

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2018 11:16 AM IST
A city court held the man guilty of sexually assaulting and inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl after sending her mother out to get some items to be used in treatment of a backache.
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