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Two women beaten to death for allegedly practicing witchcraft in Jharkhand

June 15, 2013
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RAIPUR, India – Police say a group of drunken villagers in Jharkhand beat to death an elderly woman and her daughter-in-law late Tuesday (June 11th), because the group believed the women practiced witchcraft, AFP reported.

Officials said most in the group were women themselves and that they attacked because they blamed the pair for the recent deaths of several children who had become ill.

"We have arrested 19 women from Karonda Jor village for their involvement in the killings," said district police chief Rakesh Bansal.

He said villagers first fined the pair for taking part in witchcraft, then used the money collected to buy alcohol which they drank before allegedly attacking the two women.

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