Incident Reports

Woman assaulted on charge of witchcraft allegations in Siraha


Province 2, Siraha, Aurahi, Ward 5

50-year-old Hiradevi Sah, of Auarhi Rural Municipality-5 in Siraha, was beaten by her brother-in-law's son and three daughters-in-law on April 17 alleging her of performing witchcraft. She was forcibly fed excrement and pressed by locals not to make the incident public. The locals even made the preparation for reconciliation of the incident in the village and obstructed her from filing the complaint in the police station.

Meanwhile, the accused nephew is absconding after the incident. Police have not arrested the other accused as a complaint is not registered yet.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Assault (large group)
Weapons None
Primary Cause Extra-judicial response on basis of witchcraft allegations
Actor 1 - Number of people 4
Actor 1 - Affiliations Family/relative
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Family/relative
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth
Total Injured 1
Female Injured 1
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