Villagers in India behead woman over witchcraft accusations

Sixty-three year old Purni Orang of a village in Sonitpur district in Assam was accused of being a witch and causing illness among the townspeople.  A group of villagers promptly branded Orang a witch and then stripped her naked and beheaded her, police said. This all-too-common practice is seemingly a part of the culture in tribal and tea plantation communities in Assam, with nearly 90 people reportedly having been killed over such accusations over the past six years. Superstitious beliefs and targeting people for their land and property are the primary causes behind such attacks. Police have arrested seven people, including two women, in connection with Orang’s savage killing.

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