85-yr-old Woman in India Branded #Witch, Stripped, Tortured by 14-16 Men
Jaipur, 13 Oct 2015,
An 85-year-old woman, Chau Bai, was branded a “witch” stripped naked and tortured with hot tongs by 14-16 men.
Chau Bai, is the mother of two daughters, and in her police statement said she was beaten with iron chains.
She was later admitted to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Bhilwara. She said the villagers targeted her, to grab her property and wanted to force her out of the village. This is often the case with witch lynchings in India. Chau said, “On Sunday some villagers brought a witch doctor. They (the villagers) dragged me forcibly by my hair to my veranda (porch). The witch doctor poured a liquor like substance on my body. I was beaten up and stripped naked and later they threw me into a nali (drain),” she said.
The Rajasthan Prevention of Witch Hunting Act 2015, which is in force in the state, says that forcing a woman, after branding her as a witch, to drink or eat any inedible substance or any obnoxious substance or parade her naked or with scanty clothes or with painted face or body or committing any similar acts derogatory to human dignity or displacing her from her house or other property is punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term not less than three years but which may be extended to seven years or served with a fine not less than Rs.50,000 or both.