Kathmandu: Early last month, on September 6, a 30-year-old woman was accused of being a witch by her community. The incident didn’t take place in some far-flung district but in Swayambhu, Kathmandu, the country’s capital city. Following the allegations, the woman was forcefully fed human and animal feces, all to prove that she is not a witch. There’s a long-standing superstitious belief among Nepalis that if a person is able to intake their own faeces, then, as the belief goes, they are not a witch or a wizard.
Seeking justice, the woman reached out to the National Women Commission (NWC), a governmental body established to work towards empowering women and ensuring their rights, and also reported it to the police.
A team from the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police arrested four individuals —Dipendra Kumar Thing, a traditional faith healer, Dashanarayan Maharjan, Janardan Pandey, and the woman’s own husband.
Thing had reportedly beaten the woman, saying that a witch had taken over her body. Police said that the woman was beaten by her husband and others at the reque
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