Incident Reports

Group thrashes elderly couple on witchery charge


Province 1, Morang, Biratnagar, Ward 11

An elderly couple in Sundarharaicha Municipality-11 of Morang was beaten up mercilessly by a group of people on the charge of practicing witchcraft recently.

Tunaka Khawas, 63 of Dhati Toli in Sundarharaicha-11 along with his sons Shyamlal, 35, Ram Kumar, 31 and his daughter-in-law Shashikala, 30, had beaten up the couple, according to Manoj Kumar KC, the chief of the District Police Office (DPO), Morang. As his family members kept falling ill one after another, Tunaka’s daughter-in-law Shashikala, had started learning shamanism. 

After learning shamanism, she had informed the family members that the elderly couple was practicing witchcraft and blamed them for the illnesses. Following which, all members of her family reached the house of the elderly couple at around 1 am and started attacking them. 

According to Shashikala, her family members could not be treated as the couple had cast black magic on them. As per a preliminary investigation by police, the Khawas family had actually planned to kill the couple but that didn’t happen due to timely intervention by police. As they started thrashing the elderly couple, the locals had immediately informed the police, who rushed to the scene immediately.

Chief KC said police have arrested all four members involved in the incident and are currently investigating the case.  As the couple has sustained serious injuries in the attack, they are being treated at the Biratnagar-based Koshi Zonal Hospital.

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
Actor 1 - Number of people 4
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth noyouth
Actor 2 - Number of people 2
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth youth
Total Injured 2
Female Injured 1
National/Online Media , Local Newspaper - Sunsari , Local Newspaper - Morang