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40-year-old Dalit woman branded ‘witch’ made to eat faeces, killed; 6 arrested

40-year-old Dalit woman branded ‘witch’ made to eat faeces, killed; 6 arrested

Ajmer: A 40-year-old Dalit widow in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district was allegedly made to eat faeces, tortured and beaten to death by her relatives, who accused her of being a witch, the police said.

“Kanya Devi Raigar was branded a witch and severely tortured before being beaten to death, she was also made to eat faeces by her relatives,” Superintendent of Police (SP) of Ajmer, Rajendra Singh, said.

The Rajasthan Police on Monday arrested six people and registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including murder, and provisions of the Rajasthan Prevention of Witch-Hunting Act, 2015.

According to police, the incident took place on August 3 wherein the Dalit woman was allegedly made to eat faeces, tortured and beaten to death by her relatives who accused her of being a witch.

The woman succumbed to her injuries at the spot, the police said.

“Thorough interrogation of the accused will reveal what transpired that day,” he said

The police said that the woman’s husband died a month ago because of Tuberculosis, and she was living with her son and daughter.

The complaint was lodged by her daughter.

Coordinator of Mahila Jan Adhikar Samiti, Karuna Phillip said that the matter seems to be of family dispute.

“We received a call on August 8 regarding the woman’s death. After registering the case, we visited the spot for further information. When we visited spot, we came to know that the woman was burnt, assaulted, fed excreta and made to sit on embers. There are other government organizations in that area but no action was taken against the accused,” she added.

With agencies inputs