Incident Reports

Youth arrested on charge of physically assaulting a Dalit woman over witchcraft allegations in Siraha


Madhes, Siraha, Kalyanpur, Ward 10

Police arrested Ram Bilash Yadav, a local youth on the charge of physically assaulting Sema Devi Chamar, a 53-year-old Dalit woman of  Siraha Kalyanpur Municipality-10, over witchcraft allegations. According to the police, the accused assaulted the victim, accusing her of witchcraft due to personal issues. The accused was arrested on the basis of the complaint lodged in the case of accusation of witchcraft, physical assault and inhumane behaviour.  

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Assault (small group)
Weapons None
Primary Cause Extra-judicial response on basis of witchcraft allegations
Secondary Cause Other non-economic personal issues (revenge, passion etc.)
Actor 1 - Number of people 1
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth youth
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth
National/Online Media