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Multiple Witchcraft Related Deaths Hit India Within a Week


Three unrelated deaths linked to witchcraft occurred this week in the West Singhbhum district of India.

The first, 55-year old Rajnigandha Mukhi died after cutting a major vein in her leg during a ritual meant to appease the gods. Mukhi, who had been intending to offer only a little blood, bled so profusely the neighboring villagers were not able to carry her body and she died almost immediately in her home. Mukhi’s death comes after two separate incidences of murder accrued earlier in the week.

According to the Times of India, Forty-five year old Donga Tamsai was viciously decapitated by her nephew for allegedly practicing witchcraft. The attacker then hid the body of his aunt in the nearby jungle. The officer in charge at the Jhinkpani police station was made aware of the murder on Saturday and sent men out to retrieve the body where they discovered it in separate parts of the jungle.

Only one day later in Manjhari, the neighboring town over a similar instance occurred when a woman named Sini Kui’s was attacked by family members, beat and decapitated her, again for allegedly practicing witchcraft.
All three cases are reported to have been filed with their local police departments, though astonishingly no arrests have yet been made.

Greg Newkirk

Greg Newkirk

Senior Editor at Who Forted
Documentary film-maker, professional monster chaser, and mystery monger, Greg is the senior editor for Who Forted? 'Zine. When he's not occupied by writing about the wide world of the weird, he's busy directing and editing documentary films like The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching or writing about offbeat travel for Roadtrippers. He's currently in production on his new project: an original documentary web series titled Planet Weird. He currently lives in Cincinnati.
Greg Newkirk
Greg Newkirk


  1. R Emmet Lee

    04/15/2013 at 8:36 AM

    It’s dangerous to be a witch in the best of times and places, but rural India is neither of these.

    I wonder what each withc did to motivate so much hatred and outrage?

  2. Pingback: Death sentence for Indian witch doctor who beheaded an 11-year-old ‘for good luck’ | SecularNews.Org

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