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Orissa: Villagers Lynch a Woman and Her Family After Branding her a #Witch

September 23, 2015

20 Sept 2015, Orissa,

17-year-old Ganita Munda is haunted by the sound of his family’s screams as a “witch-hunting” gang killed them in their home. The teenager remembers breaking free of the attackers and fleeing his rural village home in Orissa state to a nearby forest where he hid alone in the dark for hours.  parents and four of his brothers and sisters dead, including one as young as three. A mob of villagers chanting “kill the witch” attacked Ganita’s family. Though the villagers claimed that Ganita’s mother was causing children to fall sick and hence was a witch, which is the superstition often ascribed to witch hunts, studies show many witch lynchings are often an attempt to grab land or property or settle a personal score. See:

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