Women hacked to death for practicing witchcraft

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Ranchi: Superstition seems to be on high in Jharkhand with villagers killing five women for allegedly practicing ‘witchcraft’ at Kanjia village in Ranchi district.

According to Police, a group of villagers used lathis and sharp weapons and killed the women at around midnight suspecting them of practicing witchcraft. The bodies of the five women were recovered on Friday.

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Jharkhand accounted for 54 out of 160 cases of murders where women were branded witches and killed in 2013 and a total of 400 women have been murdered with the same motive since 2001 in the state.

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