Breaking News

Woman burned alive in sorcery case

by Sapa-AFP
07 February 2013 | 4702 Views
A young mother accused of sorcery was stripped naked, doused with petrol and burned alive in front of a crowd including schoolchildren in Papua New Guinea, reports said.

The woman, named by The National newspaper as Kepari Leniata, 20, was reportedly tortured with a branding iron and tied up, splashed with fuel and set alight on a pile of rubbish topped with car tyres.

According to the rival Post-Courier newspaper she was torched by villagers who claimed she killed a six-year-old boy through sorcery, with police outnumbered by onlookers and unable to intervene.

A fire truck that responded to the incident, which took place on Wednesday morning in Mount Hagen city in the Western Highlands, was also chased away.

According to the reports, which were accompanied by graphic front-page images of the woman's burning corpse, she admitted to killing the boy, who died after being hospitalised with stomach and chest pains on Tuesday.

Police said they were treating the torching as murder and preparing charges against those responsible.

There is a widespread belief in sorcery in the poverty-stricken Pacific nation where many people do not accept natural causes as an explanation for misfortune, illness, accidents or death.

In 1971, the country introduced a Sorcery Act to criminalise the practice. But PNG's law reform commission recently proposed to repeal it after a rise in attacks on people thought to practise black magic.

Local bishop David Piso said many innocent people had been killed.

"Sorcery and sorcery-related killings are growing and the government needs to come up with a law to stop such practice," Piso told The National.

Police arrested dozens of people last year linked to an alleged cannibal cult accused of killing at least seven people, eating their brains raw and making soup from their penises.

There have been several other cases of witchcraft and cannibalism in PNG in recent years, with a man reportedly found eating his screaming, newborn son during a sorcery initiation ceremony in 2011.

In 2009, a young woman was stripped naked, gagged and burnt alive at the stake, also in Mount Hagen, in what was said to be a sorcery-related crime.
Sorcery Burned

Source: Sapa-AFP


News Updates


Latest News

Mugabe's Zanu-PF in the grip of a generational split - ZIMBABWEAN Pres...

by Bloomberg | 25 November 2015 | 971 Views

Prostitute stabs client over 'bonus round' - A Penhalonga hooker has b...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 1326 Views

Granny (85) has white wedding with grandson - An 85-year-old woman fro...

by Staff Reporter | 25 November 2015 | 1908 Views

'Mutsvangwa must go,' demands Zanu-PF women - Chaotic scenes rocked th...

by Cletus Mushanawani | 25 November 2015 | 2314 Views

Transport Deputy Minister grilled in Parliament - The Deputy Minister ...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 1289 Views

Mayhem in Parliament over fired NRZ board chair Alvord Mabhena - Chaos...

by Thobekile Zhou | 25 November 2015 | 4269 Views

MPs condemn Group Five over poor workmanship - SOUTH Africa-based road...

by Thobekile Zhou | 25 November 2015 | 3158 Views

Mugabe officially opens Harare International Airport Road

by Staff Reporter | 25 November 2015 | 2445 Views

Unity is what is needed in Zanu-PF

by John Mukumbo | 25 November 2015 | 1326 Views

MDC-T members denied food in Mashonaland East - The MDC-T members in M...

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 1288 Views

RDZ accuse Zanu PF of intimidating its candidate - The Renewal Democra...

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 733 Views

Riot police seal off NRZ building

by Thobekile Zhou | 25 November 2015 | 2857 Views

Road to be named after Mujuru - Harare City Council has given acting t...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 4925 Views

War over Grace Mugabe breaks out - Zanu-PF's factional fights came to ...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 5110 Views

'Mnangagwa surviving on Mugabe's charity' - Despite the widespread bel...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 3762 Views

Mujuru followers get death threats - Supporters of Joice Mujuru said t...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 3021 Views

Mugabe praises Mnangagwa - President Robert Mugabe seemed to have all ...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 3854 Views

Man fondles church-mate - A 58 year old man from Epworth allegedly fon...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 4099 Views

'Namibian police hunting for Zimbabweans' - WhatsApp update

by Concerned Citizen | 25 November 2015 | 5804 Views

USAID provide food for drought prone Matabeleland - The United States ...

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 1387 Views

Strive Masiyiwa knocked out of Forbes Africa's top 50 richest list

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 3321 Views

Zimbabwe relaxes visa requirements for Chinese nationals - ZIMBABWE ha...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 1369 Views

Thokozani Khupe Cancer Foundation holds awareness campaign in Bulawayo

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 1190 Views

Taxi drivers protest against rouge police - Scores of commuters where ...

by Staff Reporter | 25 November 2015 | 2158 Views

Munyaradzi Diya planning a sensational return to Highlanders FC

by Sikhumbuzo Moyo | 25 November 2015 | 3037 Views

40% of violence victims in the country in October were MDC-T

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 794 Views

Chinese national jailed 10 yrs in Zimbabwe

by Staff Reporter | 25 November 2015 | 2165 Views

Bulawayo records few violence incidents- ZPP - Bulawayo has recorded v...

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 603 Views

Mashonald West record highest violations number - As the Zimbabwe Peac...

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 510 Views


Bob Marley family confront Zimbabwe Music Awards

by Bongani Ndlovu | 25 November 2015 | 2924 Views

WATCH: Late Night show's analysis of Zanu-PF factional battles - LATE ...

by Staff reporter | 24 November 2015 | 2267 Views

Pregnancy won't stop me from flying, says Sandra Ndebele

by Bongani Ndlovu | 24 November 2015 | 3329 Views

Frustrated Hosiah Chipanga dumps Zimbabwe

by Staff Reporter | 24 November 2015 | 4500 Views

Miss Rural Goromonzi Crowned - It was a day to remember for the Goromo...

by Stephen Jakes | 24 November 2015 | 1222 Views

Heavily pregnant Sandy delays flight for an hour

by Staff reporter | 23 November 2015 | 7351 Views

Eutelsat to speed up Zimbabwe digitisation

by Staff reporter | 23 November 2015 | 1450 Views

P.O Box comedy collapses

by Staff reporter | 22 November 2015 | 3354 Views

Mobile Spy Software Maker Mspy Hacked

mspy, the makers of a software-as-a-service product that claims to help more than two million people spy on the mobile devices of their kids and partners, to have been massively hacked. a public relations pitch from mspy to krebsonsecurity in march ... Read More
SecNews 17 May 2015 ago

Five Reliable Outlook Pst File Repair Tools

Outlook pst files can become corrupted -- and when that happens, work grinds to a halt. if your organization relies on outlook, one of these tools could save the day. outlook is the industry standard groupware tool. let's take a look at five that can... Read More
ITnews 04 May 2015 ago