Woman burned alive for ‘sorcery’ in Papua New Guinea

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A woman has been tortured and burned alive in Papua New Guinea after being accused of using sorcery to kill a young boy, local media report.

The woman, a mother aged 20 named as Kepari Leniata, was stripped, tied up and doused in petrol by the boy’s relatives in Mount Hagen in the Western Highlands, said the National newspaper.

She was then thrown onto a fire in front of hundreds of people.

Police and firefighters were unable to intervene, the paper said.

The Post Courier newspaper said they had been outnumbered by the crowd and chased away. Both newspapers published graphic photos of the incident on their front pages.

Provincial police commander Supt Kaiglo Ambane told the National that police were treating the case as murder and would arrest those responsible.

In parts of the Pacific nation deaths and mysterious illnesses are sometimes blamed on suspected sorcerers. Several reports have emerged in recent years of accused people, usually women, being killed.

Written By: BBC News
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18 COMMENTS

  1. It is 2013. HELLO!!!! 2013. Shouldn’t this be a story from 1000 years ago??? Police were “chased away” but are going to treat it like a murder? I feel better now, the POLICE are on the case.

  2. Crooked cops, they should be arrested for deriliction of duty occasioning death. This cause may need to be taken up with an agency such as Amnesty International? The UN perhaps? (weak as they are).

    Please feedback to me on this subject.

  3. In reply to #2 by GoldenRule rules!:

    Crooked cops, they should be arrested for deriliction of duty occasioning death. This cause may need to be taken up with an agency such as Amnesty International? The UN perhaps? (weak as they are).Please feedback to me on this subject.

    If there are hundreds of people helping, and only a few cops, the cops may not have been able to stop it. It isn’t clear if htat was the case or that the cops shared the crowds view that burning alive was an appropriate punishment.

  4. A lot of african countries still have a long way to go. Sad but true.
    Ancient religions and Yahweh religons, what a beautiful cocktail of life.
    The leaders of all religions must feel so proud.

    Religion: Yuk! Song starts at 1:06:12

  5. @ OP

    Police and firefighters were unable to intervene,

    More likely they looked the other way like other so called police forces in other theocratic nations.

    A crowd they can deal with, they buy all the best crowd control and suppression kit after all, and they roll that out at the drop of hat, but they will never lift a finger when supernatural agency is conjured up to excuse murderous jollies.

    They might indeed bust the perps in this murder, but the courts will mutter about mitigating factors and they will walk, after-all it is best not to piss the gods off and should be avoided whenever possible!

    It depends on this tragic girls family, if they have cash they might get some justice, if not, well chalk another victory up to superstitious twaddle.

    27% of the country’s total population are practising Catholics, might be the clergy were looking on and reliving that which they did so well so many years ago…I wonder if they gave handy tips?

  6. Read this story today and although horrific it does not surprise me. European countries including the UK, did the exact same thing to people accused of withcraft (majority Women)in the 16th and 17th centuries. Although we like to think the “West “, is superior in the modern times, i make a bet that if anti-witchcraft laws reared its ugly head today in the West, then within a year or less this would happen again in this country.

  7. One would think after thousands of years of this sort of superstitious nonsense that, by now, even some of these idiots would realize that anyone who was truly capable of real sorcery and witchcraft would also have the magical ability to avoid subsequent detection, capture and execution!

  8. But for the sake of “balance” we should respect the good people of mount Hagen’s right to believe in their superstitious culture and set fire to a defenceless 20 year old girl who’s not alone lost her little boy but spends the last few moments of her life in total unimaginable pain.

  9. And these are so -called Christians…But, then, if you read the Bible, that’s the kind of thing that was prescribed for ‘witches’ so they are following it ‘religiously’.

    I repeat after crookedshoes: HELLO!!!!! This is 2013!!!!

  10. *In reply to #5 by canadian_right

    If there are hundreds of people helping, and only a few cops, the cops may not have been able to stop it. It isn’t clear if htat was the case or that the cops shared the crowds view that burning alive was an appropriate punishment.

    Then you kill a few at random by firing your gun into the crowd, and make them all run away. Which is more than ethically acceptable since they are all accessories to an imminent act of premeditated murder. (And if the stamped kills a few more? Well then, bonus points.) Police are given big sticks for a reason and sometimes using them is entirely the right thing to do.

  11. There are still far to many countries where this level of vile barbarism is dressed up as religious belief and if you ever need any proof of the link between religion and superstition.

  12. This just goes to show how vulnerable human societies are. All the comforts civilized people take for granted hangs by a thread. We are constantly just one generation from complete savagery. It’s a constant struggle. People who think this could never happen in their countries are deluded. Half a century ago Europeans were killing Jews like flies. Merely two decades ago people who had been neighbors in Yugoslavia suddenly started killing and raping each other.

  13. As witch -burning was a “cultural” habit in Medieval Europe, and not in the Pacific Basin, I have reasons to believe that Papua New Guinea is a Christian country whose inhabitants have been brain-washed with the Bible; this book breeds violence in all of its pages.

  14. I’m glad the police were able to decide whether or not the woman was murdered, had they not being standing there watching the woman burn slowly to death. Who knows what the investigation would of concluded that the woman death was suicide maybe. Did the police even try fire a few shots into the air? I would definitely of fired at the person with the petrol can.

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