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Indian Woman Lynched on Suspicion of Practicing Witchcraft

Noose In Tree by ModernVisionsAn elderly woman was lynched in Helem Tea Estate in Assam’s Sonitpur district, India today by some tea garden workers who suspected her of practicing witchcraft .

The 58-year old woman, identified as Martha Hora, was beaten by some tea garden workers who believed that she practiced witchcraft upon several people who had fallen ill recently, police said.

The police have taken four persons into custody in connection with the case.

A section of the residents of the tea garden further alleged that a girl child fell ill and Martha Hora began treating her but she was not cured. The child was later taken to another priest who alleged that Martha Hora had practiced witchcraft upon the child, and this lead the villagers to lynch her to death, the sources added.

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