Woman branded witch thrown pushed on funeral pyre

Pakur: An elderly woman suffered burn injuries when she was allegedly pushed on a funeral pyre in Pakur’s Hiranpur Block after villagers branded her as witch, the police said here today.

Some persons, who joined the cremation of a child after he died of illness yesterday, spotted the 75-year-old woman at the funeral ground and attacked her with a stick before lifting her into the pyre, they said.

She was rescued by others from the flames of the pyre, police said adding that the woman has suffered 30 per cent burn injuries and has been admitted to a hospital here.

An FIR has been filed in connection with the incident.