Forget about Humla-Jumla or any other remote parts of the country. Things like this even happen in so called educated societies of our country. – “A woman in Chitwan burned till death in name of witch”! When will our societies be free from superstitions like these?
News as such happens to be reported time and again in Nepali Media but unlike this one, most of them usually took place in remote parts of the country mostly due to illiteracy and lack of awareness. News of widow burned till death for “practising witchcraft” is extremely miserable and that so in some part of Chitwan is so astonishing.
A widow named Dhegani Mahato in Baghaudha village-2 of Chitwan district was burned till death for “practising witchcraft” last Friday. See the Image of burnt Dhegani Mahato on tab (Warning- Image is sensitive; at your own risk please!)
Dhegani Mahato Burnt to Death (Warning: sensitive image)
The 40-year-old was beaten and burnt to death by Bikram Mahato and some other relatives. Culprit Mahato had suspicions of Dhegani Mahato to be practising witchcraft after his son-in-law fell sick the night before the incident. He also had a false impression of his grandson dying some years ago after drowning in the river was because of the witch’s practice.
Nepal Police have arrested Bikram Mahato and other eight relatives in connection with the incident. Dhegani Mahato lost her husband seven years ago because of cancer and was living with her son and daughter of 10 years and 8 years respectively.