Indian woman tortured to death for being a witch


Police have arrested five people, including two teenage girls, for allegedly killing a 40-year-old woman in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district, according to reports. The woman, a widow, was allegedly made to eat faeces, tortured and beaten to death by her relatives, who accused her of being a witch, the police said.

The incident occurred on August 2, but it made the headlines after a FIR was registered by the victim’s brother. The woman’s 15-year-old son is an eyewitness in the case.

The shook boy told media that after his father died last month, their relatives began to harass his mother. They reportedly attacked her; branded her a witch, burnt her with coals, and even disrobed her. After her alleged killing, they cremated her in a hurry, which the police said has led to the destruction of crucial evidence.

“Kanya Devi Raigar was branded a witch and severely tortured before being beaten to death. She was also made to eat faeces by her relatives,” Superintendent of Police (SP) of Ajmer, Rajendra Singh, said.

There have been claims that the relatives also gouged out her eyes with a hot rod, but Mr Singh said since they didn’t get her body and no post-mortem was conducted it was difficult to ascertain these claims.

“Thorough interrogation of the accused will reveal what transpired that day,” he said.