Teenager lynched in West Bengal on suspicion of being a witch

November 23rd, 2008 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Nov 23 (IANS) A 16-year-old girl was beaten to death by villagers in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district, who accused her of practising witchcraft and entrancing the son of her former employer to marry her, the police said. “Tulu Dolui, 16, was dragged out of her hut in Ghoramara village around 11.30 p.m. by at least eight people, who then tied her to a tree and beat her with sticks for over three hours,” an official at Sagore police station told reporters.

He said police intervened to rescue the girl, but she succumbed to her injuries on way to the local health centre. She had sustained serious head, abdominal, chest and back injuries.

The official said the villagers alleged that Dolui was a witch and had hypnotised the son of a rich grocer’s son, who decided to marry her against his parents’ wishes. She was working there as a maid servant until the grocer came to know of the relationship and sacked her.

No one has been arrested so far in this incident, he said.

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