Incident Reports

Female health volunteer brutally beaten over witchcraft allegations in Dhanusa


Madhes, Dhanusha, Janakpur, Ward 14

A 35-year-old woman health volunteer in Janakpurdham Sub-Metropolis-14, Rajaul, was allegedly beaten up and forced to eat human excrement by her five neighbours over witchcraft allegations on July 16. According to the victim's husband, 48-year-old Mangal Mahara, 45-year-old Sumintradevi Mahara, 27-year-old Sanjit Mahara, 20-year-old Rabin Mahara and 26-year-old Devki Devi Mahara had beaten her and tried to feed her excrement.

The victim said that she was accused of making her neighbour's kids and livestock sick by using witchcraft techniques. After the victim's husband informed the police about the incident, she was rescued by the Mujelia Police Post and admitted to the Janakpur Provincial Hospital for treatment.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Assault (large group)
Weapons Other
Primary Cause Extra-judicial response on basis of witchcraft allegations
Actor 1 - Number of people 5
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth youth
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Health sector/health workers, doctors
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth
Total Injured 1
Female Injured 1
National/Online Media