7 of family jailed for practising witchcraft

Thane: Seven members of a family including a father, his two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and a son-in-law who were found guilty on the charges of child sacrifice were sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment by the Additional Sessions Judge in Vasai court R M Joshi on Thursday.

All the accused have also been fined Rs 3,000 by the judge while a convict who gave false information to the police were sentenced to additional jail term of 1 year.

The accused sentenced are Saccharam S Jaiswal,50,Sanjay S Jaiswal,27, Dinesh S Jaiswal,29, Saitsh S Jaiswal, 22, Mrs. Ritu Jaiswal, 30, Dolly Jaiswal, 25 and Vishal Jaiswal, 29.

Vishal has been awarded additional jail term of one year for misleading the police while a senior lady member of the family Sunita S Jaiswal, 45, was set free for want of sufficient evidence by the court.

The family of Jaiswal living at Nalla Sopara resorted to conduct witchcraft as one of the accused Dolly had no issue and while doing so, ended up killing two children in October 2010.