RANCHI: In an alleged case of practising illegal black magic, a sorceress allegedly killed a woman reportedly by stabbing her multiple times using a 'Trishul' (trident) to free her from the clutches of an evil spirit.
The spine-chilling practice, which was conducted in the presence of the victim's family, took place in Garhwa district of Jharkhand.
The sorceress performed the 'ritual' inside a room while the woman's family was waiting outside. They went inside on hearing her screams.
Taking swift action, the police arrested the sorceress and her husband for killing the woman after the villagers informed about the incident.
“We have arrested the sorceress Alam Devi and her husband Satyendra Oraon immediately from their house in Sapahi village and an FIR has been lodged in this regard at Ramna Police Station. Sixty-year-old Rudni Devi was hit several times on her eyes, legs and stomach with a trident, who succumbed to her injuries on the spot on Saturday,” said officer-in-charge of Ramna Police Station Lal Bihari Rajak.
The trident used for killing the lady has also been confiscated, he added.
Rajak said that multiple marks of stabbing have been found on the woman’s body while her eyes were gouged out and the nose was broken.
According to the family members, the woman was taken to the sorceress by them as she was ill for quite some time. Despite undergoing medical treatment, she failed to recover. They were told that an evil had taken possession of her body and hence they will have to stay there at her place in order to make her free from the spirit.
“We came here on August 14 from Bhawnathpur village, about 45 kilometers from here, and stayed at the sorceress’s residence as she performed black magic on her. All of a sudden on Saturday, she killed my mother by stabbing her several times on her body with a trident in the name of freeing her from the clutches of an evil spirit,” said Dinesh Oraon, victim's son.
"After hearing her screams, they entered the adjacent room where the sorceress was performing the black magic and saw her stabbing my mother with a trident. By the time we could understand anything, she was dead," he added.