- The deceased was identified as one Suaeswar Mahali
- Two persons have been arrested in connection with the case
Guwahati: A 40-year-old man has been lynched by six people, including two women, inside a tea garden in the Teok area for allegedly practicing witchcraft. The incident took place in Assam’s Jorhat district on Monday.
As per reports, the deceased was identified as one Suaeswar Mahali of Rajoi Ghuguramukh and he is survived by his wife, three minor sons, and a daughter.
Although two persons have been arrested in connection with the case. Police found the body and sent it to Jorhat Medical College Hospital (JMCH) for the autopsy.
Suaeswar was brutally assaulted by a group of villagers who surrounded his house early in the morning and attacked him with sticks and sharp weapons. Suaeswar died on the spot, it added.
India celebrated the Olympic medals brought home by PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik. But women who make unconventional choices like becoming sportspersons do not always get rewarded. Assam’s Debjani Bora, who has won gold at the national level for her javelin throws, was targeted as a witch in 2014 in the state and assaulted, of all the places, in a community prayer hall. Debjani’s case puts into question one of the biggest myths around witch-hunting, that it takes place only due to superstition, ignorance and lack of education in far-flung remote villages, and among poor, uneducated people. Superstition might be one of the causes of branding women as witches and the subsequent attacks on them, but talking to one survivor after another, or the families of those who succumbed, brings to light many incidents that have been perpetrated with clear motivation and deliberate planning.