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Woman burned alive for sorcery

Posted on Feb 07, 10:10PM | IANS

London, Feb 7 : A 20-year-old woman was tortured and burned alive after being accused of using sorcery to kill a boy in Papua New Guinea, BBC reported Thursday

Kepari Leniata was stripped, tied up and doused in petrol by the boy's relatives in Mount Hagen in the Pacific Ocean island nation.

She was then thrown into a fire in front of hundreds of people. Police and firefighters were unable to intervene, the report said.

Police were treating the case as murder.

BBC said that in many parts of Papua New Guinea, deaths and mysterious illnesses were sometimes blamed on suspected sorcerers.