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70-year-old woman in Jharkhand beaten to death over 'witchcraft' suspicion

The family alleges that five people dragged her for around 200 metres from her house and beat her to death

70-year-old woman in Jharkhand beaten to death over 'witchcraft' suspicion

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Garhwa, July 5

A 70-year-old woman was beaten to death in this Jharkhand district by villagers who claimed that she practised witchcraft, police said on Tuesday.

The incident took place at Khuri village under Chiniyan police station area, they said.                

A man had been taken into custody for interrogation, police said.

In a complaint, the woman's family alleged that five people dragged her for around 200 metres from her house at around 8.30pm on Sunday, and beat her to death with sticks.

"Her body was sent for post-mortem," a police official said.

Murder on the suspicion of witchcraft is a predominant social evil in the state.

As per National Crime Records Bureau, as many as 590 people, mostly women, were killed over this between 2001 and 2020. 

 

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