Incident Reports

Neighbors assault woman calling her a witch in Saptari; police refuses to register complaint


Madhes, Saptari, Mahadeva, Ward 10

The neighbours of a 35-year-old woman of Mahadev Rural Municipality-4, Saptari assaulted the woman, alleging her as a witch. The victim has sustained an injury on her forehead, said the victim's husband. They tore down the kitchen of the house and they have assaulted her a few times before, he further added. According to the husband, the local police refused to register their complaint and instead asked them to file the complaint at the district police office. 

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 2
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth unknown
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth
Total Injured 1
Female Injured 1
Youth Abducted 00
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