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article imageWitch doctor sentenced to death for beheading 11-year-old boy

By Michelle Duffy     Apr 22, 2013 in World
An Indian witch doctor is facing execution for beheading a 11-year-old boy in a sacrificial ritual to a goddess, to 'improve his fortunes'
The 11 year old child, named Praveen, was beheaded in a sacrificial ritual carried out by the witch doctor in Chhattisgarh, India, who conducted the act, in the belief that it would 'improve his fortunes.' The child's head was found at the witch doctor's home, after a police raid.
The skeleton was found in a remote village of Barpali, around 195 kilometres from Raipur, the state capital. It is a known area dominated by occult beliefs and tribal cultures. It is thought that boy went missing around February 2012. He has been visiting a village fair at the time of his disappearance. It is a densely religious area of India where black magic is performed for those who wish for such things like greater health and wealth, where money is in short supply, as well as food, sanitation and future prospects for their young. It is common practice in these areas by 'black magic practitioners' for human sacrifices to be carried out.
He was confirmed he had been 'practising witchcraft' and, according to a police official,
"...was convicted on charges of murder, hiding evidence and giving false information to conceal the offence."
The witch doctor has been sentenced to death as a result of this ruthless and shocking act.
The 32 year old witch doctor, Dilip Rathia, will be hanged today in India, it was confirmed by police.
Police spokesperson, Praful Thakur confirmed to AFP news:
"We proved the man beheaded the boy and his head was offered to the local goddess to obtain better luck."
In the same area of India, in 2010, two more possible child sacrifices had been suspected of taking place involving and two-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl. Their bodies were found in the same state of Chhattisgarh.
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