‘Burn her’: Women in Papua New Guinea tortured for witchcraft

A video posted online shows four naked women in Papua New Guinea being tied up, burned and tortured for witchcraft and sorcery. The attackers claim the women had “removed and eaten a man’s heart, causing him to be gravely ill or to die.”

The footage depicting women who are stripped, burdened and beaten was uploaded to YouTube by the Commission for Social Concerns, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

“According to that belief [the women] are suspected of being witches who have removed and eaten a man’s heart, causing him to be gravely ill or to die,” says a description under the video.

RT has decided not to show the clip for ethical reasons.

The incident reportedly took place in a village in Enga province, two PNG sources told the Guardian Australia.

The interrogators, allegedly the relatives of the deceased man, whose corpse is seen lying nearby, are asking the victims where they put the man’s heart. It is not yet clear if the man is dead or just unconscious.

“Where did you put it? Burn her with the wire,” shout the assailants, pointing objects that resemble swords or machetes to the bodies of the women and stabbing them.

“Don’t just hit her! Burn her,” exclaims another, as translated by onscreen titles.

“There’s no real way they can prove themselves innocent,” one PNG source who has been involved in rescues of victims of sorcery-related violence, told Guardian Australia. “Once they’re suspected they’re basically done for, they’ll be tortured and maybe killed as well.”

Though women reply that they are not witches and they haven’t killed the man, the terrible torture continues to the screams of the victims.

“I didn’t eat it! Why are you doing this to me? I was at home cooking food. I didn’t do it,” cries the woman who is tortured most by the group.

One woman reportedly died after the torture; however the Guardian couldn’t confirm the claim.

According the Guardian source, the incident was recorded by numerous people, including students who look not out of horror, but out of approval, the source added.

“It’s not police photos or anything of the crime being shared,” said the source involved in rescues of victims. “It’s actual participants who are there and actually bragging about what they’re doing. It’s kind of like an Abu Ghraib video or something.”

[1] ‘Burn her’: Women in Papua New Guinea tortured for witchcraft, RT, 23 Oct, 2015 11:50

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