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Tag: Sorcery

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Elderly man beaten to death over ‘witchcraft’ suspicion in Rayagada

The incident occurred late Wednesday night while Dai along with his wife and two sons was asleep at his home. Meanwhile, a mob stormed into their house and assaulted the whole family.

  • Thursday, 04 August 2022
Witch Hunting
Odisha Ranks 2nd In Country For Witch Hunting, Proposes Law To Deal With Menace

The NCRB data reveals that as many as 26 individuals were killed in Odisha over suspicion of allegedly practising witchcraft in 2015.

  • Monday, 20 December 2021
Old Woman Ostracised Over Suspected Sorcery
Ostracised By Society, Embraced By Nature: Odisha Centenarian Living In Jungle For 25 Yrs

What is shocking is that she was forced to adopt the woods as her home after villagers drove her away from the village suspecting her to be a witch, practices sorcery. She has been living in a shack for over a quarter century now.

  • Monday, 20 December 2021
3 Siblings Thrashed, Slapped With Rs 1 Lakh Fine By Kangaroo Court Over Sorcery Suspicion

In yet another instance of social injustice by a kangaroo court, three siblings were brutally thrashed and slapped with a fine of Rs 1 lakh as a punishment for allegedly practising sorcery at Hudisahi under Berhampur police limits in Balasore district.

  • Saturday, 09 October 2021
Elderly couple attacked
Elderly Couple Attacked By Villagers Over Suspicion Of Practicing Sorcery

An elderly couple sustained critical injuries after being attacked by a mob in Sunapur village under Golanthara Police limits of Ganjam district. The elderly couple was attacked over suspicion of practicing sorcery.

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  • Saturday, 21 August 2021
Elderly Couple Attacked Over Black Magic Suspicion In Odisha’s Ganjam
Elderly Couple Attacked Over Black Magic Suspicion In Odisha’s Ganjam

In a similar instance on August 11, a woman and her daughter were allegedly tied with ropes and mercilessly beaten by a group of men on suspicion of practicing witchcraft at Gadigaon village under Khunta Police limits in Mayurbhanj district.

  • Friday, 20 August 2021
oman, Daughter Attacked Over Suspicion Of Sorcery
Witch Hunting In Odisha: Woman, Daughter Attacked Over Suspicion Of Sorcery

The victim duo has taken shelter at the house of a local resident Sibashankar Hansda, who is a teacher by profession.

  • Wednesday, 11 August 2021
sorcery death
Man allegedly beaten to death on suspicion of practising sorcery

Nuapada: An elderly man was allegedly beaten to death on suspicion of practising sorcery at Khairani village of the district. The body of the deceased, identified as Tularam Majhi of Khairani village, was recovered today morning. According to sources, the mutilated body of Tularam was recovered inside a gunny bag near Chanamunda dam under Lakhana […]

  • Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Sorcerer infuses mantras to dead man over phone to bring him alive!

A few kilometres from where India’s ‘supersonic’ interceptor missiles are test fired so often, relatives of a man who died of snakebite today attempted to bring him back to life by asking a sorcerer to use his supernatural powers and recite mantras over phone.

  • Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Nine sentenced to death in Gunupur triple murder case

Gunupur: The Additional District and Sessions Judge Court, Gunupur today awarded death sentence to nine persons in connection with the 2016 triple murder incident at Kitunga village in Rayagada district. ADJ Subhendu Kumar Pati pronounced the death sentence on basis of statements by several witnesses. Earlier in September 2016, three persons of a family, including […]

  • Monday, 26 July 2021
Rayagada witchcraft
Husband makes futile attempt to bring dead wife back to life

Rayagada: The tribal-dominated Rayagada district continues to hog the limelight when it comes to sorcery-related issues. In a fresh incident, a man made futile attempts and performed witchcraft (sorcery) for almost 22 hours to bring his dead wife back to life at Sibapadar panchayat under Muniguda block in the district. The deceased wife has been […]

  • Monday, 26 July 2021
Couple forced to eat human faeces

Nabarangpur: A couple was made to eat human faeces on suspicion of practising sorcery at Sargibahal under Chandahandi block of Nabarangpur district. A case has been registered in this regard following which police have launched an investigation. According to police, the couple was practising ayurvedic treatment but the villagers suspected them to be sorcerers and […]

  • Saturday, 24 July 2021
Man beaten up, forced to eat human faeces for practising sorcery

Berhampur: A day after a man was lynched by a mob for allegedly practising sorcery in Daringbadi area of Kandhamal, another man was subjected to inhuman torture over similar allegations in Khallikote area of Ganjam district today. According to sources, one Bhaskar Swain was beaten up severely with wooden plank after being tied to a […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
Woman beaten to death; 2 held for sorcery

Jagatsinghpur: A woman has been beaten to death while sorcery was allegedly being performed on her near Balia square in Kujang of Jagatsinghpur district. The dead body was recovered this morning. The Kujang police have detained a woman and her daughter in this connection and are interrogating them. According to sources, the deceased woman was […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
Self-styled godman beaten up on suspicion of practising sorcery

Balasore: A self-styled godman was beaten up black and blue by locals of Bulunia village under Manipur Khunta police limits in the district for allegedly practising black magic. As per reports, a woman of the village, Sushila Khilar had taken her daughter-in-law to the ashram of the self-styled godman as she was suffering from fever. […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
Dead- Death-Dies
Suspected of practising sorcery, villager killed in Koraput

Jeypore: A villager was killed on the suspicion of practising witchcraft in Bandhugaon of Koraput district. The matter came to fore after wife of the deceased, Renda Bidika of Turugudi village lodged a police complaint alleging that her husband, Rameya was murdered and his dead body was burnt in Lungu village. The complainant further stated […]

  • Friday, 23 July 2021
Superstitions rule roost: women branded witches, roughed up  

Nabarangpur: Blind faith on superstitious practices went awry as three women who were asked to perform puja for well being of some ailing villagers were later branded witches and beaten up on suspicion of practising witchcraft. Such an incident was reported from Sindhiguda village under Papadahandi police limits today. As per information, locals of the […]

  • Thursday, 22 July 2021
Woman hacked to death by nephew over suspected sorcery

Baripada: A woman was hacked to death by nephew on suspicion of practising sorcery at Thakursahi village under Kaptipada police limits last evening. When the deceased, identified as Gumi Murmu, had gone to a local market, nephew Rupal Murmu called his aunt to nearby river bank and slit her throat with a sharp weapon. Cops […]

  • Thursday, 22 July 2021
5-yr-old girl killed using ‘black magic’

Jeypore: Three persons were detained by police today for killing a 5-year-old girl allegedly using black magic in Sorasapadar village under Pottangi police limits in Koraput district. After villagers came to know about the girl’s’ death they ransacked the house of three persons including one Bibhisana on suspicion of their involvement. There they a found […]

  • Thursday, 22 July 2021
Witchcraft haunts again: Woman, 2 kids killed in Mayurbhanj

Rairangpur: A day after bodies of two children were found in a forest near Jhipabandha village here in Mayurbhanj district, decomposed body of their mother was traced in the same forest today. Two youths who were detained over suspicion of killing the trio have confessed to the crime before police. The youths admitted that they […]

  • Thursday, 22 July 2021
Aged couple hacked to death

Baripada: Police is on the lookout of the assailants in connection with the brutal murder of an aged couple whose body was found lying in a pool of blood inside their house in Kathachua Ambadahi village in Mayurbhanj district late on Monday night. The incident came to light this morning after the villagers found the […]

  • Tuesday, 20 July 2021
7 held for ‘killing’ two ‘black magic practitioners’

Mohana: Police on Tuesday arrested seven persons of Chudangapur village under Adaba police limits in Gajapati district in connection with the killing of two persons for ‘practising sorcery.’ Sources said, these villagers along with some others had allegedly killed two residents of their village- Ganga Gamanga (45) and Biranchi Bastaray (48), suspecting them of practising […]

  • Tuesday, 20 July 2021
Tribal murder: Court awards lifer to one, 3-year imprisonment to 31

Phulbani: The District Sessions Court on Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to one person and three-year imprisonment to 31 in connection with the brutal murder of a tribal of Gadamaha village under Brahmanigan police station limits in April, 2010, suspecting him of practising sorcery. The court, in its verdict, awarded life imprisonment to prime accused Mathu […]

  • Monday, 19 July 2021
Koida deaths: Police intensifies probe, six suspects detained

Sundergarh: A day after five members of a family were brutally murdered at Indupur village, police today detained two more persons in connection with the incident. Earlier, four persons mostly neighbours of the deceased Mangiri Munda were detained for interrogation. According to sources, the four persons confessed to have killed Mangiri and her four children […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Shocking Tales Of Witch-hunting In Odisha: One Killed, 2 Injured

These are shocking images from Rameyapalli village under Sriramchandrapur Panchayat of Ganjam district in Odisha. These pictures that went viral purportedly show three persons being thrashed and subjected to inhuman torture on June 19th.

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  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Woman poisoned for practicing witchcraft, accused duo arrested

Keonjhar: A woman was allegedly poisoned by her sister-in-law and nephew for performing black magic at Hadabahal village under Ramachandrapur police limits here on Monday. “Based on complaint filed by son of the deceased woman, we have arrested the accused duo – Hira Majhi and Rabindra,” informed Ramachandrapur IIC, Rajendra Swain adding that they are […]

  • Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Three of family killed over 'sorcery' in Gunupur

Rayagada: Three members of a family were found murdered for allegedly practising sorcery at Ukambaguda village in Gunupur area of the district today. The deceased have been identified as Gopal Sabar, Lakhmi Sabar and Jankini Sabar. All of them were missing since February 23. Daughter of Gopal, Sabita Sabar has alleged that her family members […]

  • Monday, 03 May 2021
Elderly Man Killed On Suspicion Of Sorcery In Odisha

Berhampur: A 70-year-old man was hacked to death over suspicion of practising sorcery in Dhobadipatpur village under Purusottampur police limits in Ganjam district on Tuesday. As per reports, one Murali Pradhan of the same village allegedly killed Krushna Pradhan by slitting his throat with a sharp weapon. Later, Murali surrendered at Hinjili police station along […]

  • Thursday, 29 April 2021
Elderly Man Killed On Suspicion Of Sorcery In Keonjhar

Keonjhar: An elderly man was allegedly beaten to death on suspicion of practising witchcraft at Sendhakap village under Sadar Police limits of the district on Saturday. According to sources, one Dinabandhu Munda of the village was allegedly murdered while he was sleeping in his house late on Saturday night. Dinabandhu’s family members alleged that seven […]

  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Odisha Man Killled For 'Practicing Sorcery'

Malkangiri: Superstition prevailed over rational thinking leading to the tragic loss of man’s life in the village of Orelguda under Poteru Police Outpost limits in Malkangiri District. In the shocking incident, a man suspected of practicing black magic was allegedly beaten to death in the village. As per sources, one Deba Banjami of Orelguda village […]

  • Monday, 26 April 2021
Poor health services seed superstition in Odisha tribal hinterlands?

Bhubaneswar: Are the poor health services in the State seeding superstition in the minds of poor tribal communities dwelling in remote places of the State? It seems so. Consider this. The Lundurujhari village situated in the Boudh district bordering Nayagarh has been now under the spell of intense superstition. The tribal village in Talagaon Panchayat […]

  • Monday, 26 April 2021
Odia-speaking Man 'Burnt Alive' In Andhra For Practising 'Black Magic'

Koraput: A 55-year-old Odia speaking man in Potalbandh village under Dumuriguda Police limits in Andhra Pradesh near Odisha border was allegedly burnt alive by villagers on suspicion of practising black magic. The deceased has been identified as Jayaram Khila, who was allegedly tied and set on fire by some local residents in the village. After […]

  • Sunday, 25 April 2021
Superstition-based Violence In Odisha Shatters Lives of Victims

Ganjam: Numerous incidents of torture being meted out to men and women over suspicion of practicing witchcraft have come to the fore in the past. Amid prevalent superstitions, while some had to undergo brutal harassment and torture by villagers, others were ostracised from their villages after being forced to consume human excreta. Sources claimed that […]

  • Saturday, 24 April 2021
'Possessed By Ghost', Girl Students Receive Treatment From Priest In Odisha School

Rayagada: In yet another instance of blind faith and superstition in Odisha, some girl students of Upper Primary School of Chatikana under Bissamcuttack block of Rayagada district were seen receiving treatment by a local priest after they started to behave abnormally on Friday. As per reports, the students had gone outside the school and later […]

  • Thursday, 22 April 2021
Woman Demands Death Penalty For Son Who Sacrificed His Own Sister For Sorcery

Bolangir: Days after losing her daughter in the very hands of her own son, a woman of the district has now urged the court of law to pronounce death sentence for the accused son. One Rukmani Rana of Salebarat village under Sindhikela police has sought capital punishment for her son Sobhaban Rana who sacrificed his […]

  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021
Double Murder in Jajpur, Woman Fed Pig Excreta in Malkangiri Over Sorcery
Double Murder Over Sorcery In Jajpur, Another Brutally Tortured In Malkangiri

Jajpur/Malkangiri: There seems to be no respite from superstition-related crimes in Odisha with the killing of two persons and torturing of a woman coming to fore in Jajpur and Malkangiri on Monday. While a man and a woman were allegedly murdered on suspicion of practicing witchcraft in Jajpur district, a woman was brutally tortured and […]

  • Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Man Arrested For Murder
Buried Body Of Odisha Man Recovered After One And A Half Month; 1 Arrested

Paralakhemundi: After one and a half month, decomposed body of a man was recovered in Gandulu village under R. Udayagiri police limits. As per the reports, the deceased was allegedly murdered over suspected sorcery practice. Following a missing complaint registered by the nephew of the deceased, the police sprung into action and launched an investigation […]

  • Monday, 12 April 2021
Murder Over Sorcery Suspicion: Five Arrested For Killing 75-Year-Old Man In Odisha's Ganjam

Berhampur: At least five persons were arrested on Saturday for allegedly killing an elderly man on suspicion of practicing sorcery at Dhimiripankal village under Badagada police limits in Ganjam district…

  • Sunday, 11 April 2021
Odisha: Man Kills 6-Year-Old Daughter, Sacrifices Body For Sorcery

Koraput: In a horrific incident, a man, who allegedly sacrificed the body of his 6-year-old daughter for sorcery at Taupadar village under Patangi police limits in the district, was handed over to the police by the villagers on Monday. The accused has been identified as Banguru Pangi. Police also arrested Pangi’s accomplice Shyama Sundara Biswal […]

  • Friday, 09 April 2021
Odisha: Woman Hacked To Death Over Sorcery Suspicion In Mayurbhanj

Udala: In a superstition-related crime, a woman was allegedly hacked to death by two brothers on the suspicion of practising sorcery at Sarisua village under Sarat police limits here in Mayurbhanj district on Tuesday evening. Two brothers identified as Kalia and Balia Mohanty of the same village were believed to have committed the crime. The […]

  • Wednesday, 07 April 2021

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