Woman branded witch, paraded naked in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: In the latest instance of witchcraft-related violence, a 45-year-old woman was allegedly paraded naked and was mercilessly beaten after a section of local people suspected her to be a witch, police said on Monday.

The unsavory incident occurred at Nuapada village under Krushnaprasad police station jurisdiction in Puri district.

The incident occurred in public glare. The locals watched silently as the victim woman fell victim to atrocious brutality.

Police have registered a case in this connection. Search is on to arrest the culprits. The accused persons had branded the woman as a witch and blamed her for the sickness of some of their family members. They were under suspicion that the woman was practicing witchcraft in the village, police said.