By that time the mob had dispersed and fled.
The attack comes less than a month after a mother and daughter were similarly accused in Rowaoli village in the state's West Singhbhum district - a Maoist-affected area. In January, a Jharkhand court sentenced nine members of a family to life in prison for the murder of Lalmuni Devi, who was accused of witchcraft and beaten to death.
In January, six men were arrested in Sundargarh district in Odisha on suspicion of killing a woman accused of witchcraft and her four children. In December, an elderly tribal man from Tripura was hacked to death over similar allegations.
Most states have laws but experts say implementation is a problem. Jharkhand, for example, has had an anti-witchcraft law since , under which those convicted can face up to nine years in jail. Pictures: Indian Air Force Day celebrations 10 minutes ago.
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