Incident Reports

Teacher in Morang brutally beaten by a group of spiritual healers


Province 1, Morang, Kanepokhari, Ward 7

33-year-old Bhim Kaji Gurung of Kanepokhari Rural Municipality-7 of Morang was brutally beaten by a group of "Dhamijhankri" (Spiritual healers) in the name of spiritual healing on February 17. Gurung is a teacher at the local Shree Popular Boarding School. Gurung had a mental illness seven years ago and has been taking regular medicine for six years on the advice of a doctor. His family has spent more than Rs 1.5 million on his treatment however has not recovered.

Krishna, who works as a Dhami (healer), repeatedly tried to hit Bhimkaji with a khukuri and some women and girls are seen repeatedly pushing him on the ground. Unable to bear the pain of the beating, Bhim can be seen asking to kill himself in the video. The video of the assault has now gone viral on YouTube. Police have arrested Krishna and are further investigating the incident.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Collective
Primary Form Assault (large group)
Weapons Other
Primary Cause Extra-judicial response on basis of witchcraft allegations
Actor 1 - Number of people 10
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth
Total Injured 1
National/Online Media