Incident Reports

49-year-old woman assaulted and burnt with hot spatula over witchcraft allegation in Dhading


Bagmati, Dhading, Dhunibesi, Ward 5

Police arrested Muna Pariyar, a 38-year-old woman of Lamjung Rains municipality-3, and her husband Bishnu Pariyar, a 42-year-old man on December 16, from Dhunibesi, municipality-5, Dharke, on the charge of physically assaulting a 49-year-old woman alleging her to be possessed by a witch. According to the police, the victim's relatives lodged the complaint on December 16, alleging that the accused physically assaulted the victim as well as burnt her with a hot spatula calling her a witch on November 28 while the victim was on her way to his relative's house. At the same time, the accused who had been practising traditional healing had beaten up the victim saying that she was possessed by a witch and that witch should be banished.  The victim sustained serious injuries and she is being treated at Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital. 
Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Assault (small group)
Weapons None
Primary Cause Extra-judicial response on basis of witchcraft allegations
Actor 1 - Number of people 2
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth noyouth
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth
Total Injured 1
Female Injured 1