Incident Reports

Child burnt with hot spatula at Chover on the allegation of removing witch


Bagmati, Kathmandu, Kirtipur

Metropolitan Police Circle, Kirtipur, have arrested 26-year-old Kishor Shahi from Chovar, Kathmandu, on a charge of burning a 12-year-old child with a hot spatula alleging she was suffered from witchcraft.

On September 7, Shahi, a permanent inhabitant of Bajura and living in Chovar, had burnt the sick child 4 times with a hot spatula claiming her of being attacked by a witch.

According to the SP Somendra Singh Rathore, spokesperson of the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police, 4 per cent of the girl’s face was burnt after the incident. The victim child has been discharged after treatment in Kirtipur Hospital. The further investigation against Shahi is underway.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Assault (small group)
Weapons Fire
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) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth youth
Total Injured 1
Female Injured 1
Youth Injured 1
National/Online Media