Agra: Branded as witch, elderly woman lynched over ‘braid chopping’ suspicion

Agra (Uttar Pradesh), Aug. 02: The rumours of a witch chopping off braids of girls while they are asleep, has led to the brutal lynching killing of an elderly woman in Agra.

A 62-year-old woman was allegedly killed by villagers in Dauki region here on Wednesday over rumours of her being that same witch.

Thinking her to be the witch, the villagers beat the woman to death.

The deceased, identified as Maan Devi, had woken early morning to relieve herself. However, due to dark she lost her way and reached the other slum nearby.

A girl was sleeping outside on a cot. Her sleep broke and on finding the woman in front of her, she started shouting.

The slum-dwellers came outside and presuming Maan Devi to be a witch started thrashing her.

Devi’s family told that while the woman shouted out her name and her identity, the people present there ignored it and continued hitting her.

Severely injured and bleeding, the woman was left to die by the mob.

The woman was then sent to hospital by the police, and following primary treatment she was discharged.

However, on the way back, the woman succumbed to her injuries.

The investigation is underway in the matter and the woman’s body has been sent for post-mortem.

Recently, in many places including Delhi, NCR, Haryana and Agra, incidents of chopping off braids of women at night have come to fore. (ANI)

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