Six men in India have been arrested for killing a woman and her four children, including a 10-month-old baby, over suspicion that she was a witch who killed a girl, police said on Tuesday, January 29th.
Angry villagers broke into the woman's home in eastern Odisha state and hacked her and her children to death with farm tools before dumping their bodies in a well, said investigating officer Sushant Dash, according to Reuters.
Dash said the six, including a local witch doctor, were charged with murder and other offences under Odisha's Prevention of Witch Hunting Act on Sunday.
"They have confessed that they committed the murders for witchcraft," Dash told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, adding that a complaint by the woman's husband, who was away on the day of the killings, prompted them to hunt for the suspects.
"Two or three more people might be arrested in the coming days." Men and women are often branded as witches and assaulted or killed in parts of India, particularly among poor and tribal communities.