On webindia123, a news report reveals that several unknown assailants murdered Kaushalya Sardar, a 65-year-old tribal woman living in the Jharkhand state of India, following accusations of black magick practices against her. Sardar, a widow, lived alone in Matuku Panchyat of Potka in the village of Pitchli at the time of the murder. While the killers remain at large, Sardar’s daughter is accusing two people of the heinous crime. She has filed complaints against the unnamed suspects.
Sardar’s murder has outraged the Free Legal Aid Committee (FLAC): A leading non-government organization (NGO) focusing on the eradication of superstitious beliefs and the elimination of witch-killings. The NGO has led the fight against witch-hunts and murders since the early 1990s while striving to bring awareness to the issue for more than 12 years. According to Premchandra, the FLAC’s president, the organization is calling for the immediate arrest of the killers and the group is demanding the government take greater measures to control horrendous social crimes.
On Feb. 12, police investigating the case revealed that several people invaded Sardar’s home during the night. While Sardar slept, the intruders cut her throat. Sardar was married for a period of ten years before her husband died; Following his death, people began accusing Sardar of practicing the black arts. Prior to her husand's passing, Sardar’s brother-in-law and his wife also passed away due to unidentified illnesses. Police are presently investigating the incident and are confident that they will soon catch the killers.
Sardar’s death has eerie similarities to the recent killing of a Papua New Guinea woman who was also accused of using black magick to allegedly kill a 6-year-old boy. Following sorcery allegations, a group of people seized Kepari Leniata, a 20-year-old mother and burned her alive. In the latter case, the United Nations and Amnesty International are demanding the immediate arrest of the culprits and the repeal of the 1971 Sorcery Act in Papua New Guinea.
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