Accused Witch Burned Alive as Hundreds Watch in Papua New Guinea
In a horrible, unthinkable act, an angry mob in a Papua New Guinea town stripped, tortured and bound a woman accused of witchcraft before burning her alive in front of hundreds of witnesses, the Associated Press reports.
Hundreds of bystanders, including children, looked on‚ÄĒand some took photographs‚ÄĒat one of the highest profile sorcery-related murders in this South Pacific island nation.
Relatives of a 6-year-old boy, who died in a hospital the day before, accused Kepari Leniata, 20, of sorcery. The mother of an 8-month-old girl was tortured with a hot iron rod, bound, doused in gasoline, then set on fire on top of a pile of car tires and trash in the Western Highland provincial capital of Mount Hagen, according to national spokesman Dominic Kakas. This was the first sorcery-related murder in Papua New Guinea in a year, he said....
Do you know what this immediately reminded me of? ...the inquisitions. All anyone had to do, without even a witness, was to simply accuse someone of being a heretic. The same held true for the Salem witch trials. Boy, what a way to go...beaten and tortured by upwards of 50 people, doused with gasoline and thrown on top of a burning pile of rubber. Children watched, her children watched, people took pictures...horrifying.