Witchcraft? Crowd strip three women in Odisha

Rourkela: Three women were allegedly stripped and paraded naked on a village road in Odisha's Sundargarh
district on the suspicion of practising witchcraft, police said today.

The shocking incident took place at Ambapada village under the jurisdiction of Talasara police station on Monday after which three persons were arrested, they said.

Black magic. AFP

Black magic. AFP

The victims were dragged out of their houses and assaulted by some villagers who stripped them and blackened their faces before parading them on the village road in full view of the villagers.

A meeting was held later where the women were accused of practising witchcraft. Meanwhile, some locals informed the police about the incident.

The women were subsequently rescued from the village when a police party led by RN Padhi, inspector-in-Charge (IIC) of Talasara police station reached the site and took control of the situation.

"We have arrested three persons in this connection," said Sundargarh superitendent of police Sanjeeb Arora.

He said the villagers were trying to settle the issue among themselves when police personnel reached the village,
rescued the women and arrested the three persons.

"I have instructed the IIC, Talasara to investigate into the whole issue," Arora said. 

Padhi, the investigating officer said the arrested persons were identified as Prafulla Barla, Ani Baa and Sanjam Soren. 

Nine years ago, in a similar incident, a woman was stripped and paraded on a village road. She was forced to eat excreta at Tainsar.

This had created countrywide outrage as representatives from National Commission for Women and the state visited the spot and took stock of the situation. Four persons were arrested in connection, sources said.


Updated Date: Feb 12, 2013 19:14 PM

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