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WorldSix men arrested for killing woman, four children for suspected 'witchcraft' in Indian village

11:06  30 january  2019
11:06  30 january  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Six men in India have been arrested for killing a woman and her four children , including a 10-month-old baby, over suspicion that she was a witch who killed Men and women are often branded as witches and assaulted or killed in parts of India , particularly among poor and tribal communities.

Around 50 villagers arrested over killings in Jharkhand where there are frequent attacks on women believed Around 50 villagers were arrested , Pradhan said, adding: “The entire village was involved in the crime.” According to Indian government statistics around 2,000 people, almost all women

Six men arrested for killing woman, four children for suspected 'witchcraft' in Indian village© photography by Carol Adam/Moment RF/Getty Images Rural Odisha, in eastern India.

Police in eastern India have arrested six men accused of battering a woman and her four young children to death and dumping the bodies down a village well because they suspected she was a witch casting spells.

Five men -- all from the same family -- along with a witch doctor broke into Mandri Munda's home in the state of Odisha on January 24 and used a crowbar to kill her and her children, aged 4, 7, 12 and 10 months, said Sushant Das, inspector at the Koida police station.

They alleged the woman had been practicing black magic and had cast a spell on their own family, which caused a 12-year-old girl to fall ill and die in December.

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Police in tribal-dominated district of Sundargarh on Monday arrested six people on charges of brutally killing a woman and her four children on grounds The other accused include local villager Debra Munda and his four brothers-in-law. They allegedly murdered a tribal woman , Mangri Munda, and her

Six persons were arrested on Sunday for allegedly killing a woman and her four children on suspicion of witcraft in Odisha's Sundargarh district. The woman and her four children were found dead on Saturday morning. The police suspect that the five were killed and later dumped in the well.

"The family had gone to a witch doctor, Budhram Munda. He said there is a witch in the village and that is why she (the daughter) had died," said Das.

Witch doctors are seen by believers as having powers to protect others against witchcraft.

The family had confronted the victim earlier and decided to take action after another family member fell ill.

The victim's husband called the police after arriving home the next day to find his family missing and signs of violence inside the home.

A blood trail led police to a well where the accused had dumped the bodies. They arrested the five men and the witch doctor who made the initial claims against the victim.

The persecution of women accused of witchcraft is especially common in rural areas in the eastern Indian states of Odisha and Jharkhand. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, a total of 134 people were killed in 2016 on suspicion of witchcraft.

In 2013 the Odisha state government passed a law which made accusations of witchcraft and harassment a criminal offense punishable by up to three years in prison.

Police are holding the six men on suspicion of murder, criminal conspiracy and witch-hunting. Formal charges have yet to be made.

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