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 onâ€”and some took photographsâ€”at 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.