India cops hold 18 after witchcraft murder

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Indian police say 18 villagers have been arrested for hacking to death a man they suspected of practising witchcraft in Assam.


At least 18 tribal villagers in India's northeast have been arrested for hacking to death a man they suspected of practising witchcraft, police say.

They said they were told to kill the victim by a Hindu goddess who appeared in their dreams.

Mobs have killed at least 200 people over the past five years who they have accused of practising sorcery and witchcraft – mainly in tribal-dominated areas of western and northern Assam state, Indian police say.

The killing took place on Friday at a tea estate village in Assam's Cachar district, 300 kilometres south of the impoverished state's main city of Guwahati.

Cachar district police chief Diganta Bora said by telephone that the attack was "barbaric with a group of hysterical villagers sacrificing the man by piercing his neck with sharp weapons and chanting religious hymns".

Written By: AAP
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  1. Human ignorance is terrifying. Having walked away from the dangers of the savannah all those thousands of years ago we created our own new dangers to replace them. There is such a long way still to go.

  2. How is what these ignorant peasants did any less civilised that Christians dragging gays to death behind a pickup beause they though that is what Jesus wanted? Familiar religion does not ring as crazy as foreign religion, but it is.

    • In reply to #4 by Roedy:

      How is what these ignorant peasants did any less civilised that Christians dragging gays to death behind a pickup beause they though that is what Jesus wanted? Familiar religion does not ring as crazy as foreign religion, but it is.

      Christians are usually more subtle.
      They tell gay children that they should not act “that” way. The vote down gay marriage. They cheat a gay waiter of a tip. They gossip about someone who is in a relationship “with a black man.” They refuse homeless gay men a bed at their shelter. They (Mormon) tell children of darker skin that they are unclean and seen as less human in the eyes of God. a pregnant woman dies because they put a fetus before her rights. They have refused to help a rape victim creating a loophole in which the rapist walks free. They stifle young people’s sexuality telling them their natural inclinations are wrong. They create negative situation within a joyful situation to keep things “in perspective.” Plus lots more………………

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