Incident Reports

Elderly woman assaulted on charge of witchcraft allegations in Mahottari


Province 2, Mahottari, Manra Siswa, Ward 7

75-year-old Sonabati Devi of Manara Siswa Municipality-7, Sarpalo was beaten by her own daughter-in-law Gina Baitha on April 11 alleging of being involved in witchcraft practices. However, a few days back, her son and daughter-in-law had lodged a case at the District Police Office, Mahottari, alleging that Sonawati was beaten by the locals.

The incident came to light after a video of the assault went viral. According to the footage, Gina was seen beating her mother-in-law on the street. In the video, Gina and her husband Upendra are seen shouting. However, Upendra registered a case against the locals Ramsulinder Baitha, Jibo Devi alias Jivu, Ramjinis Baitha and Kunti Devi.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Assault (small group)
Weapons Unclear
Primary Cause Extra-judicial response on basis of witchcraft allegations
Actor 1 - Number of people 1
Actor 1 - Affiliations Family/relative
Actor 1 - Youth noyouth
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Family/relative
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth
Total Injured 1
Female Injured 1
National/Online Media