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And this is why so many Witches are still in the Broom Closet

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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Accused witch tortured, burned alive in Papua New Guinea






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Bystanders watch as a woman accused of witchcraft is burned alive in the Western Highlands provincial capital of Mount Hagen in Papua New Guinea on Wednesday.

Assailants stripped, tortured and bound a woman accused of witchcraft, then burned her alive in front of hundreds of witnesses in a Papua New Guinea town, police said Friday after one of the highest profile sorcery-related murders in this South Pacific island nation.

Some of the hundreds of bystanders took photographs of Wednesday's brutal slaying. Grisly pictures were published on the front pages of the country's biggest circulating newspapers, The National and Post-Courier. The prime minister, police and diplomats condemned the killing.

Kepari Leniata, a 20-year-old who had a child, had been accused of sorcery by relatives of a 6-year-old boy who died in the hospital the day before, police spokesman Dominic Kakas said.






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

Deputy Police Commissioner Simon Kauba on Friday blasted Mount Hagen investigators by phone for failing to make a single arrest, Kakas said.



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The public were apparently not cooperating with police and police carrying out the investigation were not working hard enough, Kakas said.

"He was very, very disappointed that there's been no arrest made as yet," Kakas said.

"The incident happened in broad daylight in front of hundreds of eyewitnesses and yet we haven't picked up any suspects yet. He was very, very curious about that and he blasted the investigators on the phone," Kakas added.

Kakas described the victim's husband as the "prime suspect." The husband had fled the province, Kakas said. Kakas said he did not know if there were a relationship between the husband and the dead boy's family.

Sorcery has traditionally been countered by sorcery in Papuan New Guinean culture. But responses to sorcery allegations have become increasingly violent in recent years.

Kakas said the death was the first sorcery-related murder in Papua New Guinea in a year.

Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga described the murder as "shocking and devilish."

"We are in the 21st century and this is totally unacceptable," Commissioner Kulunga said in a statement.

He suggested courts be established to deal with sorcery allegations, as an alternative to villagers dispensing justice.

Prime Minister Pete O'Neill said he had instructed police to use all available manpower to bring the killers to justice.

"It is reprehensible that women, the old and the weak in our society should be targeted for alleged sorcery or wrongs that they actually have nothing to do with," O'Neill said.

The U.S. Embassy in the national capital Port Moresby issued a statement calling for a sustained international partnership to enhance anti-gender-based violence laws throughout the Pacific.

The embassy of Australia, Papua New Guinea's colonial ruler until independence in 1975 and now its biggest foreign aid donor, said "We join ... all reasonable Papua New Guineans in looking forward to the perpetrators being brought to justice."

The Associated Press
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Fields456
by Ruby Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Wow
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quietbookworm
by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I read that this morning on fb. Horrible

AnnieMcD
by Platinum Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:20 AM
Yeah.

Quoting Fields456:

Wow
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AnnieMcD
by Platinum Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:21 AM
I know. At least a few people are saying "WTF, we're not even TRYING to get the people who did this to her?!?!?!"
She was only 20. She had a kid. It's just so disgusting.


Quoting quietbookworm:

I read that this morning on fb. Horrible

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ashleyrenee24
by 2ne1 on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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When I die, I do not want to come back to this world.
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AnnieMcD
by Platinum Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Sometimes I feel the same way.

Quoting ashleyrenee24:

When I die, I do not want to come back to this world.
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Autumn19
by Gold Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM
thats so wrong :(
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LucyMom08
by BS Intolerant on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM
That poor woman :(
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AnnieMcD
by Platinum Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:28 AM
I know. And hundreds of people just stood around watching. Ugh.

Quoting Autumn19:

thats so wrong :(
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AnnieMcD
by Platinum Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:28 AM
For real. I hope that her child is taken somewhere safe.

Quoting LucyMom08:

That poor woman :(
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