Incident Reports

Man attacks school principal with khukuri in Myagdi alleging her a "witch"


Province 4, Myagdi, Malika, Ward 2

Area Police Office Darbang arrested 27-year-old Ramesh Pun of Malika Rural Municipality-2 on the charge of assaulting Indra Kumari Pun, principal of Rastriya Janakalyan Primary School with Khukuri on November 13 alleging her a witch.

 Kumari was air-lifted to Manipal Teaching Hospital, Pokhara for medical treatment. The injured principal sustained serious injuries in the ears,  head, and hands.

According to  Kharmaya Bitalu, Deputy-chairperson of Malika Rural Municipality, Ramesh revealed to the police during interrogation after arrest, that he attacked Kumari with khukuri as she had been troubling him as a "witch". Police are further investigating the incident.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Assault (small group)
Weapons Sharp weapon
Primary Cause Extra-judicial response on basis of witchcraft allegations
Actor 1 - Number of people 1
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth noyouth
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Education sector/teachers (private and public)
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth
Total Injured 1
Female Injured 1
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