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Women beaten in India after being accused of being “witches”

BBC recently reported a  story about 5 women in a remote village in India that were branded as “witches” and as a result, they were dragged into the street, beaten and forced to eat feces in front of a jeering crowd. The five women are said to be Muslim widows and were labelled “witches” by female neighbours who claim to have a gift from the Holy Spirit to detect those practicing witchcraft.

Hundreds of villagers watched while the women were dragged in the streets, striped and beaten…but no one stepped in to save them.

According to BBC, hundreds of people (mostly women) have been killed after being accused of witchcraft by their neighbours.

What a graphic, inhumane example of misogyny …and how tragic is it that no one stepped in to help these women.