Incident Reports

Complaint filed for beating woman on charge of witchcraft


Madhes, Siraha, Sakhuwanankarkatti

Family of 31-year-old Sushila Devi Yadav of Sothiyain VDC-1 has filed a complaint against three persons at the Area Police Office, Lahan on April 2. According to the victim, 55-yer-old Janak Yadav, 50-year-old Kanak Lal Yadav alias Phanak and 21-year-old Dinesh Yadav of same place assault and verbally abuse her accusing her of being a witch when their family members take ill or the buffalo does not give milk. Mahabir Yadav, father of the victim said that the accused beat her on March 31 on the same charge. Injured Sushila underwent treatment in Saptarishi Hospital in Lahan the same day. DSP Raj Kumar KC of the APO Lahan said that necessary action would be taken after the investigation.

Durga Pariyar 

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
Secondary Cause Domestic violence
Actor 1 - Number of people 3
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