Incident Reports

Four men physically assaulted a woman in Biratnagar over witchcraft allegations


Province 1, Morang, Biratnagar, Ward 8

A woman from Biratnagar Metropolitan-8 was beaten by four men on October 5 accusing her of witchcraft. The women mentioned that locals  Mustakim Miya, Sagir Miya, Kabir Miya and Habibul Miya accused her of witchcraft after their four-year-old grandson of Habibul fell sick. The  women sent the complain through the post office  after the police initially denied to take the complain in person. She said that, police suggested her to come to agreement  with perpetrators  as they have political access. 

The spokesperson of District Police Office, Mornag  said that the complain sent  5 days back has reached the office. However, they are unable to process it as the victim has not come to office for verification. 

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Collective
Primary Form Assault (small group)
Weapons Unclear
Primary Cause Extra-judicial response on basis of witchcraft allegations
Actor 1 - Number of people 4
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth noyouth
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth
National/Online Media