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3 women held for ‘witch hunting’

They declared themselves incarnations of goddesses and assaulted 'witches'.

The police arrested the three women three days after they declared themselves incarnations of goddesses Lakshmi,Parvati and Durga and inflicted physical punishment on six persons they had called ‘witches’ at a village in Majuli island in Assam. The three have been booked under Sections 143,342,109,325 and 326.

The three women — Mridusmita Payeng,Janmoni Payeng and Munmi Payeng Pamegam — were arrested when the police raided Botiamari village under Kamalabari police station on Saturday following an FIR by one Binod Payeng who complained that a section of villagers had assaulted him after tying him up with a rope at the instance of the three women.

Reports from Majuli said as many as six persons were declared witches by the three women who incited a section of villagers to tie them up and punish them for their ‘crime’. Binod Payeng reportedly sustained grievous injuries,following which he was admitted to the Jorhat Medical College Hospital. The three women had even asked the villagers to execute them,reports said.