Assam Woman Killed, Hanged From Tree Over Witchcraft Fears: Cops

Assam Woman Killed, Hanged From Tree Over Witchcraft Fears: Cops

Witch-hunting is a cognizable and non-bailable offence. (Representational)

Kokrajhar, Assam:

A forty five-year-old Adivasi lady was killed by a mob who suspected her of practising witchcraft in Assam. The police suspect the girl – recognized as Anjali Murmu, a resident of Mohanpur village in Kokrajhar district – was first killed after which her physique was hanged from a tree.

“We have now despatched the physique for a publish mortem. We suspect that the girl was killed, and after that, her physique was hanged from a tree,” mentioned a police official.

Three individuals have been arrested in reference to the killing of the girl. They’ve been recognized as Sunil Murdi (16), Sapna Hembram (16), and Prabinson Kisku(30), all belonging to Mohanpur village.

“We have now arrested three of the accused in reference to the homicide of the girl. We’re trying to find one other one who can be concerned within the homicide. We have now recognized the individual as Chaikal Hembram,” the official mentioned.

Witch-hunting is a cognizable, non-bailable, and non-compoundable offence, as per the Assam Witch Looking (Prohibition, Prevention and Safety) Act, 2015. The legislation has provisions of jail-term as much as life imprisonment.

“Even after having such a stringent legislation towards witch-hunting, it’s nonetheless prevalent within the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) area of Assam. Yearly harmless persons are killed within the identify of witch-hunting in Assam,” mentioned a social activist.

In response to the legislation, no individual shall establish, name, stigmatise, defame or accuse every other individual as witch by phrases, indicators, indications, conduct, motion or every other method or instigate, help or abet such an act or commit witch-hunting.

Members of the Adivasi neighborhood aren’t categorised underneath ‘tribals’ in Assam.

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