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Assam: 45-year-old woman killed after being branded ‘witch’ in Kokrajhar

In a suspected case of Witch-hunting, a 45-year-old tribal woman was killed by miscreants under Gossaigaon police station in Assam’s Kokrajhar district on Monday.

The deceased woman has been identified as Anjali Murmu, resident of Mohanpur village under Gossaigaon police station of Kokrajhar district.

According to police, the body of the woman was found hanging on a tree on Monday morning.

“We sent the body for post-mortem. We suspected that the woman was killed and after that, her body was hanged on a tree,” said a police official.

Meanwhile, police have arrested three person in connection with the murder of the woman.

They have been identified as Sunil Murdi (16), Sapna Hembram (16), and Prabinson Kisku (30) of Mohanpur village.

“We have arrested three of them in connection with the murder of the woman. We are searching for another person who was also involved in the murder. We have identified the person as Chaikal Hembram,” the official said.

Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Act, 2015 was passed in Assam Assembly. The Act views witch-hunting as a cognisable, non-bailable, and non-compoundable offence. It was passed by Assam Assembly in 2015 with provisions of jail terms up to life imprisonment.

“After having such a stringent law against witch-hunting, still witch-hunting is prevalent in the BTC region of Assam. Every year innocent people were killed in witch-hunting in Assam,” said a social activist.

The Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Act says no person shall identify, call, stigmatise, defame, accuse any other person as a witch by words, signs, indications, conduct, action or any other manner or instigate, aid or abet such an act or commit witch-hunting.

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