Witch hunting – picture and intro
The persecution and killing of women in the name of practicing witchcraft is still very prevalent in Nepal. Most of the witchcraft allegations in Nepal are based on reasons like making people or animals sick, casting a spell on food or drinks and making children sick. Diseases spread through epidemics are also said to be related to black magic. Most of the allegations are followed by beating of the victim and forcing the person to consume human excrement. Sometimes the victim is beaten to death. In 2018 (2075/2076) the Nepali police counts 46 cases of witchcraft allegations. The number of accusations is much higher than these figures as many cases remain unreported (Witchcraft Accusation and Persecution of Women in Nepal).