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Papua New Guinea Woman Burned Alive On Trash Pile For Witchcraft

February 9, 2013
Location of Western Highlands Province within ...

Location of Western Highlands Province within Papua New Guinea. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just when you think that the world might be making moves toward a larger consciousness, just wen you believe that there might be a move toward enlightenment (and really, who doesn’t wish for these things), there  exists a news story like this one: a woman burned to death in Papua New Guinea for the alleged crime of witchcraft.

While local authorities claim they could not intervene to save the woman, apparently chased off by a large mob, they do state that they consider the death a murder:

A woman has been tortured and burned alive in Papua New Guinea after being accused of using sorcery to kill a young boy, local media report.

The woman, a mother aged 20 named as Kepari Leniata, was stripped, tied up and doused in petrol by the boy’s relatives in Mount Hagen in the Western Highlands, said the National newspaper.

She was then thrown onto a fire in front of hundreds of people.

Police and firefighters were unable to intervene, the paper said.

The Post Courier newspaper said they had been outnumbered by the crowd and chased away. Both newspapers published graphic photos of the incident on their front pages.

Provincial police commander Supt Kaiglo Ambane told the National that police were treating the case as murder and would arrest those responsible.

I don’t know why crimes like this aren’t also considered sex crimes.  They really had to strip the woman to kill her? Even when burning her with gasoline?


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