Pictured here, Shaman ritual in Nepal. Screen grab via "Shamans of hte Blind Country'.
A Nepali mother, accused of being a witch and casting a spell on one of her family members, was burned alive by some villagers and members of her family last Friday. The mother of two was reportedly attacked Friday morning as her 9-year-old daughter looked on. The police report said that the 40-year-old mother was beaten, stoned and doused with kerosene before a group of about 10 people, including an 8-year-old and a local shaman, lit her on fire.
The shaman accused the woman of practicing witchcraft and using her ‘magic’ to make one of her relatives sick.
The village where the incident occurred is located about 50 miles southwest of Kathmandu in Nepal, a country located in South Asia.
According to CNN, the people involved in the mother’s slaying have confessed and been arrested. Neighbors reportedly contacted police after they witnessed the woman’s assault and subsequent murder. The country of Nepal has agreed to give the woman’s children 1 million rupees (about $14,000 U.S. dollars) for restitution.
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has publicly denounced the work of shamans and faith healers and asked the public not to engage them.
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