Woman branded witch, beaten up

Jaipur, Aug 3 : A tribal woman in Rajasthan was branded as a witch and beaten up by five of her relatives, against whom she filed a police complaint Saturday, an official said.

Hansa Devi, 47, a resident of Rohida village in Sirohi district, some 400 km from Jaipur, lodged a first information report (FIR) against her five relatives accusing them of beating her frequently, a police official said.

"According to the victim's statement, the relatives claimed she was a witch and was casting evil spells on others in the village," said a police officer.

"It seems the relatives want to grab her property. We have registered the case and launched an investigation. The accused are on the run," said the officer.

Those named by Hansa Devi in the complaint included her brother-in-law Gamanaram Ghanchi and his wife Jamana Devi, police said.

Several cases of women being branded witches and harassed have been reported in the state.

According to the draft Rajasthan Women (Prevention and Protection from Atrocities) Bill, 2011 a crime would be considered to have been committed when any person or community intentionally or inadvertently abets, conspires, aids and instigates the identification of a woman as a witch, leading to her mental and physical torture and humiliation.

The bill has proposed a maximum of seven years' imprisonment and fine for those who grab property of such women.

--IANS (Posted on 03-08-2013)

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