LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Dhegani Mahato, accused of being a witch, has been burned alive. Dhegani Mahato was a witch, claimed her own family in central Nepal. So on Friday, her own family attacked her, dragged her through the streets of town, and burned her alive. Dhegani Mahato was 40 years old and a mother of two.
The tragedy erupted this week in Bagauda, outside the Nepal capital of Kathmandu, Baral. But now local police are having to explain to international news how a much of an entire city erupted into violence after accusing a local mother of witchcraft.
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai is denouncing the conduct today. But Bhattarai tells news that there is a growing problem of long shamans randomly accusing citizens of being witches.
Police Officer Hira Mani Baral tells news that nearly a dozen persons have been arrested for the mother’s tragic death. Baral claims it began when two shamans accused Dhegani Mahato of putting a spell on her relatives to make them sick.
Mahato was beaten, dragged through the streets, and then set on fire in front a crowd of local citizens. Some neighbors tried to save her but were too late. The entire tragedy unfolded in front of Dhegani Mahato’s young children.