PNG police save two women from sorcery burnings: Report
SYDNEY (AFP) - Papua New Guinea police have rescued two women accused of sorcery who were about to be set alight, a report said on Wednesday, days after a young mother accused of witchcraft was burned alive by a mob.
Sorcery cases have been a priority for authorities after the horrific case of a 20-year-old woman who last week was stripped naked, doused with petrol and set alight before a crowd, Highlands divisional police commander Teddy Tei told The National newspaper.
The woman, who was accused of causing the death of a six-year-old boy using sorcery, died after being tortured with a branding iron, tied up and set alight on a pile of rubbish in Mount Hagen in the Western Highlands.
The National said in the latest incident on Monday, also in Mount Hagen, two elderly women were tied to poles and people were preparing to set them alight over the death of an eight-year-old girl.