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Tag: Witchcraft

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.

Police Rescue Woman Under House Arrest For Witchcraft
Odisha: Police Rescue Woman Held In Captivity Over ‘Witchcraft’

The Berhampur Police in Balasore rescued a woman suspected to have been practicing witchcraft on Monday.

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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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.

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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Odisha: 1 Killed, 2 Injured After Being Thrashed Over Suspicion Of Practicing Witchcraft

In a suspected case of witch hunt in Rameyapalli village under Sriramchandrapur Panchayat in Ganjam district, at least one person was killed and two others sustained grievous injuries allegedly after being thrashed by locals on suspicion of practicing witchcraft.

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Superstition rules roost in Odisha
Forced Out Of Village, Family In Odisha Takes Shelter Under Culvert

Balasore: The pain that goes parallel with superstition and inhumanity has again reared its ugly head in the State, this time from a village in Balasore, where three members of a family were meted out physical torture and forced to leave their home allegedly on the charges of practising sorcery. This shocking incident reported from […]

Priests Walk Over Women In Chhattisgarh
Priests Walk Over Women To 'Bless Them With Children', Watch Bizarre Ritual In Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh: At times, blind faith in superstitious practices contradict modern science so much so that logical theories developed to counter prevailing false beliefs and generate a scientific curiosity among people go for a complete toss. Uncanny as it may sound, last Saturday at the Dhamtari district in Chhattisgarh hundreds of married women yearning to conceive […]

Odisha: Man 'Killed, Burnt' Over Witchcraft In Malkangiri

Malkangiri: A man was allegedly killed and later set on fire over practising sorcery. The incident has been reported from Udaygiri village, one of the cut-off areas under Padia police limits of the district on Thursday. As per complaint lodged by the family members of Baga Kabasi, some people called him out of his house […]

3 Get Life Term For Killing Couple On Witchcraft Suspicion In Odisha

Keonjhar: A lower court today convicted three persons in connection with murder of a couple on suspicion of practicing witchcraft at Saharpur village under Nayakote police limits in Keonjhar district in 2014 and sentenced them to life imprisonment. Keonjhar Additional District & Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Court found the trio -Basant Dehury, Gautam Penthei and Mitu […]

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 […]

Man Beaten To Death On Suspicion Of Practising Witchcraft In Malkangiri

Malkangiri: Superstition can be fatal. It was yet again proved in Malkangiri where a man was allegedly murdered on suspicion of practising witchcraft by a kangaroo court set up by the villagers. The deceased, identified as one Irma Kartami of Itaguda village under Kalimela Police limits of the district was reportedly beaten to death after […]

'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 […]

Man Decapitated Over Suspicion Of Witchcraft In Odisha!

Gajapati: Superstitions like witchcraft continue to rule the roost in Odisha with another case of sorcery reportedly claiming life of one person in Mohana block of Gajapati district. As per reports, headless body of a man was found inside forest near Bhaliasahi village on Wednesday morning. Suspecting it to be a case of murder, locals informed […]

6 Get Life Term For Killing People On Suspicion Of Practising Witchcraft In Odisha

Keonjhar: A court here on Thursday sentenced six men to life imprisonment for killing six members of a family four years ago on the suspicion of practising witchcraft. Champua Additional District and Sessions judge Dolagobinda Barik also sentenced a woman to rigorous imprisonment for three years in the same case and acquitted two due to […]

Woman Killed, Couple Ostracised Over Suspicion Of Witchcraft In Odisha

Nayagarh: Superstition continues to rule the roost in Odisha with three reported cases of witchcraft practices claiming life of one person and ostracizing a couple in different incidents. A report of gross superstition has come from Bangiriposhi block under Mayurbhanj district where a couple was ostracized from their own village by their relatives over suspicion […]

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 […]

Five More Persons Arrested In Witchcraft Torture Case In Odisha

Berhampur: Five more persons were arrested on Friday for their involvement in pulling out the teeth of six elderly persons and forcing them to consume human excreta at a village in Odisha’s Ganjam district suspecting them of practising witchcraft, a police officer said. With this, the total number of people arrested in connection with the […]

29 Arrested For Forcing Six To Eat Human Excreta In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: As many as 29 people including 22 women have been arrested in Odisha’s Ganjam district for allegedly forcing six elderly men to consume human excreta and uprooting their teeth over suspicion of witchcraft, police said on Thursday. According to the police, the incident happened in Gopapur village on Monday night. The victims have been […]

Six Elderly Persons Forced To Consume Human Excreta In Odisha

Berhampur: A group of people pulled out teeth of six elderly persons and forced them to consume human excreta at a village in Odisha’s Ganjam district suspecting them of practising witchcraft, police said on Wednesday. A group of people of Goparpur village suspected that the six elderly men practised witchcraft which caused the death of […]

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 […]

Witch 'hunting' toll rate in Odisha: Four-a-month in 2019

Bhubaneswar: Witchcraft being a tradition among tribal communities like Santhals and Sabars, reports of witch hunting and killings have been coming in a big way from the districts housing such tribes. Odisha has witnessed at least four killings every month till date this year due to practice of witchcraft. The State has recorded at least […]

Double Murder Over Suspected Witchcraft In Odisha

Keonjhar: A youth and an elderly man accused of witchcraft were allegedly beaten to death in Nenkadapalli village under Bamebari police limits in Keonjhar district late last night. The deceased have been identified as an uncle-nephew duo, Chetan Munda (27) and Subash Munda (60). One Rama Munda of the same village along with some other […]

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 […]

Body of woman, her 4 children found inside well

Koida: Bodies of a woman and her four children were recovered from a well near a house in Indupur village under Koida Police limits of Sundergarh district today. On basis of a complaint filed by the husband of the woman, Sudam Munda, police have detained four persons. Police recovered the bodies from the well with […]

Woman attacked by neighbour over ‘witchcraft’ suspicion

Sundergarh: A woman sustained grievous injures after she was attacked by her neighbour on suspicion of practising witchcraft at Pampara village under Badagaon police limits of the district today. The injured has been identified as Dukhi Bariha. As per reports, Bariha was allegedly tortured and harassed by her neighbour, Rama Barik and his family members […]

Two killed over ‘witchcraft’ suspicion in Mayurbhanj; one injured

Mayurbhanj: Two women were brutally hacked to death over suspicion of practising witchcraft at Madhupur village under Rairangpur police limits in the district here today. Both the women were killed by one Shyam Bashker who later surrendered before police after committing the crime. Police sources said the accused confessed to have killed the two women […]

Witchcraft whiff in youth's murder in Gajapati

Gajapati: A youth was allegedly hacked to death at Dambuguda village under Mohana police station limits in Gajapati district. The deceased has been identified as Mikhael Pradhan. According to reports, one Mishial Parichha of the same village allegedly attacked Mikhael when the latter was returning home yesterday. Preliminary investigation reveals that the youth was murdered […]

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 […]

Family detained by villagers for three days on suspicion of practicing witchcraft

Balasore: Police today rescued a family that was held captive for three days by villagers of Kantabania under Shyamsundarpur panchayat  in Balasore district on suspicion of practicing witchcraft. As per reports the three persons including a couple were attacked and detained by locals on Saturday and not even allowing the trio to visit the hospital […]

70-year-old killed on suspicion of witchcraft in Sundergarh

Sundergarh: In yet another shocking incident of witch branding, an elderly woman was killed at Jagdishpur village under Kuanrmunda block in Sundergarh district on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Birasi Birla (70). Birla was beaten to death by a youth identified as Ghanshyam Ekka of the same village yesterday. According to reports, Ghanshyam […]

Elderly man thrashed on suspicion of witchcraft

Balasore: A 70-year-old man was brutally attacked by a fellow villager on suspicion of practising witchcraft in Nilgiri area of Balasore district last night. Sources said the nephew of one Chhaturam Singh of Baghamara village under Jambudia Panchayat of the district was ailing for a long time. Holding the old man identified as Ramachandra Singh […]

Shocking! GRP engages 'tantrik' to solve theft case in Bihar

Patna/Siwan: Belive it or not, the Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel in Bihar’s Siwan district are banking on a “tantrik” (occultist) to crack a case of theft and catch the thief, a police officer said on Wednesday. Instead of using high-tech gadgets and conducting a scientific investigation, the GRP has sought the help of a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Woman beaten to death on suspicion of witchcraft

Rourkela: It seems that the practice of branding women as ‘witches’ and torturing them continues unabated in remote areas in Odisha. This was again evident after a 52-year-old woman was beaten to death by a mob on suspicion of practising witchcraft at Latakhandi village under Kuanarmunda police limits in Sundergarh district late on Friday night. […]

Sorcery whiff in attack on minor boy!

Balasore: A four-year-old boy is now battling for life at a hospital in Nilagiri in Balasore after he was rescued in a critical condition from his house late on Saturday. It is suspected that it could be a case of alleged human sacrifice as a black cloth was wrapped around the minor boy’s neck with […]

Man attacks sister-in-law over suspicion of practising witchcraft

Keonjhar: Superstition can lead to severe consequences as it happened in case of a woman who was murderously attacked by her brother-in-law over allegation of  practising  black magic in Keonjhar today. According to information, the incident took place at Deuladiha village under Sadar police limits in Keonjhar district where the woman identified as Laxmipriya was […]

Police nabs 2 accused behind double murder in Malkangiri

Malkangiri: Kaliemela police on Tuesday arrested two persons in connection with the double murder near Venkatpalam village under Kaliemela block on November 18 here in the district. The two arrested persons have been identified as Ratnaya Majhi and Durjo Pandara. Earlier, mutilated bodies of  the two persons, identified as Enkat Rao and Lachama Kurami were […]

witchcraft Mayurbhanj
Tied to tree, 5 Women beaten up by mob; video goes viral

Mayurbhanj: Suspected of practising witchcraft, five women were tied to a tree and beaten up by a furious mob in Madhupur village under Badasahi police limits of Mayurbhanj district. The incident which took place on October 22 last month, came to the fore today after its video footage got viral on social media. According to […]