Fresh cases of mysterious hair-chopping surface in Aligarh, Moradabad and Bulandshahr

Two new cases of braid chopping have been reported from Moradabad and another case has surfaced in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, a day after police in UP and Delhi made it clear that the cases of women's hair being chopped were just baseless rumours.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 5, 2017 2:46 pm
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Two new cases of braid chopping have been reported from Moradabad and another case has surfaced in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, a day after police in UP and Delhi made it clear that the cases of women’s hair being chopped were just baseless rumours. Four new cases had also been reported on Friday from Bulandshahr district. The incidents have led to an atmosphere of fear and attribution of the deed to ‘witches’ and ‘ghosts’.

On Wednesday, Mala Devi, a 60-year-old Dalit woman from Agra, died of a cardiac arrest in Mutnai hours after she was beaten with sticks and rods by two men whose house she had stumbled into, after she got lost while returning home from the fields where she had gone to relieve herself. Residents of the area told The Indian Express that the victim knew the accused and had gone to seek their help, asking them to drop her home as her eyesight was weak and she had lost her way. But the accused’s mother, Prakash Devi, said her son committed the act as they were scared Mala Devi had come to chop off their hair.

SP (City) of Bulandshahr Praveen Ranjan informed PTI on Friday that Bilkish (45) and Jaishree (24), from Younuspur, claimed that their plaits had been cut off. Another 45-year-old woman reported a similar incident from Salempur Jat while a class 9 student from Khurja became another victim of braid chopping while returning from her tuition on Friday morning, Ranjan said. Calling it an “organised propaganda”, Ranjan said the police had not yet received any written complaint related to the incidents.

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Around 30 cases of braid chopping have been reported from villages in Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh. Even as the numbers keep increasing, with theories of Bogeyman, black magic, witchcraft and theft doing rounds among people, police in Delhi and UP on Friday said that reports of women’s hair being chopped were just baseless rumours with no arrests and no evidence.

With inputs from PTI and ANI

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    sk
    Aug 5, 2017 at 6:22 pm
    Police should investigate saffron gangs. They may be planning another round of lynchings using this smoke screen.
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      pradip
      Aug 5, 2017 at 5:11 pm
      How can one believe the up police, known for their special culture up till now ????? incidences are worst part of reality in up. Is government doing anything to change the situation ??????????????
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        Venkateshan Chandramouli
        Aug 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm
        schizophrenia all the way
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          xyz
          Aug 5, 2017 at 12:53 pm
          Modi does not care as long as there is no election in the near future.
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            Venkateshan Chandramouli
            Aug 5, 2017 at 1:59 pm
            oh god if someone hits someone in your street you start blaming the government. Come out of schizophrenia
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              Vivek Joshi
              Aug 5, 2017 at 3:13 pm
              No matter what, AAP will keep blaming Modi for everything.
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                sk
                Aug 5, 2017 at 6:20 pm
                Dumbhakts will certainly keep blaming AAP for all national and international problems even though it is just a party of a small muni lity area.
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                Shyamal Ganguly
                Aug 5, 2017 at 5:06 pm
                You are just an a-hole.
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                RealityCheck
                Aug 5, 2017 at 11:04 am
                What can we expect under BJP Vedic age rule and Safronic ideology taking country to primitive times where Hindutva can flourish. This is all deliberate like rumors of child kidnapping and trafficking in Jharkhand which led to Mob Lynchings of 7 innocents. RSS and BJP using news methodology of promoting their political future of Hindutva using rumors, lies and deception.
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                  Venkateshan Chandramouli
                  Aug 5, 2017 at 1:58 pm
                  Are you really sane! if BJP can influence every ones's mind why is your mind not affected? You are some kind of modern machine? Come out of your schizophrenia
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                  Lalit Mohan
                  Aug 5, 2017 at 10:59 am
                  if people stop going to majars nothing wrong will happen to them. but people have blindfolded themselves and they r destroying future of their children by their own hands.
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