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Old woman lynched in Bihar

Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | September 26, 2007 12:38 IST

The lynching mob is on the hunt in Bihar.

A 60-year-old tribal woman was lynched after being poured with hot water for allegedly practising witchcraft.
Sanichri Devi was beaten to death at Kotamdag Kolhuan in Kaimur after some unidentified men doused her with hot water on Wednesday.

Police officers told that Devi was first humiliated and brought to the house of a  "powerful person" where they poured hot water on her body to force her to accept that she was practising witchcraft. When refused, she was thrashed and beaten to death by bamboo sticks.

"It was a clear case of lynching," police said. Curiously, the police said, she was beaten to death after a witchcraft practitioner identified her as the one who was reponsible for all maladies of the village.

A case has been registered against six villagers under the Prevention of Witchcraft Practices Act. No arrest has been yet.