From: New Indian Express
A woman sarpanch (village head) was arrested for the torture of four people, three of them women, over witchcraft in Odisha’s Sundergarh district, taking the total arrests in the case to four, police said Thursday.
Christina Kerketa was arrested after the victims alleged that she was part of the mob who awarded them inhuman punishment at Kiralaga village in Sundergarh, about 450 km from here.
“We have arrested the sarpanch for her involvement in the incident,” R.N. Padhi, inspector in charge of the local police station, told IANS.
The barbaric incident happened Feb 11 when some residents felt sick and believed that the illness was caused by the witchcraft on them by three village women and a man.
This is not the first time that superstitious and traditional beliefs had been used to justify vigilantism and the persecution and abuse of individuals and sadly we suspect it will not be the last.