Jharkhand: 13 get life term for killing five women on Suspicion of Witchcraft

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In Jharkhand, 13 people were sentenced to life imprisonment by a Ranchi court yesterday for killing five women on suspicion of practising witchcraft. There were 43 accused in the case against whom trial took place.

Five women had been killed in Mandar on the outskirts of Ranchi on midnight of 8 August 2015 after a mob dragged the women from their houses and attacked them suspecting them practising witchcraft.

One of the 43 accused died in duration of trial, while two turned out be juvenile whose trial is going on in Juvenile Justice Board.

In his judgement, Judge SS Prasad, quoting famous Hindi poet Dhumi, lamented that killing is becoming habit now

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