'Witch' paraded naked in Bihar

HT, 2nd September
(Patna, September 1)

A SENSATIONAL case of parading of a Dalit woman naked on charges of witchcraft has come to light from Pakri-Pakohi village under the Karja block of Muzaffarpur district.

The victim, Saraswati Devi, has lodged a complaint with the Karja police station against over a dozen persons including some women of her village for torturing her and forcing her to swallow human excreta. The police visited the village but failed to nab the named accused persons in the case.

In her complaint the victim said that over a dozen people of the village including Suraj Choudhary, Kishan Choudhary, Chhathu Choudhary, Sadhu Choudhary, Paras Choudhary, Dilip Choudhary, Bharat Choudhary and Shatrughan Choudhary, besides half-a-dozen women, forced their entry into her house on August 28 and started disrobing her for practising witchcraft.

They also beat her up and paraded her naked on the village road. She alleged that the villagers then forced her to swallow human excreta. She said the attackers left the venue after she lost her consciousness. She said when she regained her senses, she went to the police station and lodged a complaint against the culprits.

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