Old Dailt woman accused of witchcraft stripped and beaten

May 24th, 2009 - 7:09 pm ICT by ANI  

Wadegaon (Maharashtra), May 24 (ANI): In an unusual event in Wadegaon village of Maharashtra, a seventy year-old Dalit woman, Ruddha, was accused of practicing witchcraft. She was stripped and beaten by the villagers before being paraded astride a donkey.

The locals claimed that she was doing sorcery on one of the neighbours with lemons.

However, Ruddha denied the charges and claimed that she was being harassed. “They beat me. Ladies beat me. Men folk beat me. They dragged me out of my home onto the streets and thrashed me for nothing,” said Ruddha.

She further said that the villagers tore her blouse and even robbed her of Rs.2000.

Police have detained 11 persons including four women for further investigation.

“Further investigation and necessary legal proceedings will be followed,” said N Z Kumbhare, Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Akola.

He also mentioned that on learning about this incident, the police personnel rushed to the village and saved Ruddha from further humiliation. She was taken to a hospital for treatment. (ANI)

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