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Accused witch burned alive in Papua New Guinea

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 8, 2013 at 7:18 a.m.

— A mob stripped, tortured and bound a woman accused of witchcraft, then burned her alive in front of hundreds of horrified witnesses in a Papua New Guinea town, police said Friday. It was the latest sorcery-related killing in the South Pacific island nation.

Bystanders, including many children, watched and some took photographs of Wednesday’s brutal slaying. Grisly pictures were published on the front pages of the country’s two largest newspapers, The National and the Post-Courier, while the prime minister, police and diplomats condemned the killing.

In rural Papua New Guinea, witchcraft is often blamed for unexplained misfortunes. Sorcery has traditionally been countered by sorcery, but responses to allegations of witchcraft have become increasingly violent in recent years.

Kepari Leniata, a 20-year-old mother, had been accused of sorcery by relatives of a 6-year-old boy who died in a hospital Tuesday.

She was tortured with a hot iron rod, bound, doused in gasoline, and then set alight on a pile of car tires and trash in the Western Highlands provincial capital of Mount Hagen, national police spokesman Dominic Kakas said.

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FreeSpiritMan says... February 8, 2013 at 8:34 a.m.

Shows you how far advanced the US is, we have already been there and done that.

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NONSHEEPLE says... February 8, 2013 at 8:35 a.m.

Not ONE person in the croud was able to stand up for this woman? Mob mentality is proof that the morjority isn't always right.

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PenLR says... February 8, 2013 at 11:34 a.m.

This is the country that didn't outlaw cannibalism until the 1950s and the practice didn't even start to end until decades later. This past summer 29 people were arrested for sorcery related cannibalism. So were they burning the witch or cooking her?

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