Incident Reports

60-year-old woman brutally murdered over witchcraft allegations in Dhanusa


Madhes, Mahottari, Mahottari, Ward 3

Police arrested Sanjay Kumar Jha, a 42-year-old local in Madai village of Mahottari Rural Municipality-3 of Mahottari district on the charge of murdering his 60-year-old sister-in-law Shila Devi Jha. Sanjay murdered Shila Devi, alleging that she was responsible for his wife's miscarriage by casting a spell on her. According to police, Shila Devi was attacked thrice with a hammer while she was sleeping at 3 am on October 14.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Murder/attempted Murder
Weapons Blunt weapon
Primary Cause Extra-judicial response on basis of witchcraft allegations
Actor 1 - Number of people 1
Actor 1 - Affiliations Family/relative
Actor 1 - Youth noyouth
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Family/relative
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth
Total Killed 1
Female Killed 1
National/Online Media