It is not clear from the video if he is dead or just unconscious. ” one man demands in the recording, which was uploaded to You Tube by the Commission for Social Concerns, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea. “Once they’re suspected they’re basically done for, they’ll be tortured and maybe killed as well.” The news outlet was unable to confirm accounts that one woman had died as a result of the trauma.
Witchcraft-related beatings and murder have long been a problem for the island-nation, with local government turning a blind eye.
In May, a Papua New Guinea woman was hacked to death after being accused of performing black magic, and in 2013 a 20-year-old woman was burned alive on similar charges.
The video shows at least four women being stripped, beaten and burned as they are interrogated by villagers.
The video was shared by high school students on their mobile phones before appearing on social media, a Lutheran missionary in the area, Anton Lutz, told ABC news. Burn her with the wire." Another woman says: 'I've got nothing to do with it". The Papua New Guinea government has developed an action plan to combat violence against women accused of using black magic. Two sources on the island told the Guardian that the women were accused of sorcery after a young man fell ill in the village of Enga in August.
In the video, a woman with what appear to be wounds covering her body pleads with her attackers to stop: 'My son, stop it! "There's no real way they can prove themselves innocent," said one source.
"Once they're suspected they're basically done for, they'll be tortured and maybe killed as well." One woman is reported to have died in the attack.
A shocking video has surfaced online showing four naked women in Papua New Guinea being burned and tortured for “remov[ing] and eating a man’s heart,” and other alleged acts of witchcraft and sorcery.
The footage shows at least four nude women tied up, burned, and beaten while being prodded with hot wire and interrogated by a group of machete-wielding men. I didn’t do it,” screams the woman who is tortured most by the group.The women were accused of sorcery after a young man fell ill in August in the Enga province, and social-media posts say the women were accused of “invisibly” taking the man’s heart, the Guardian reports. “I’ve got nothing to do with it,” pleads another woman.The attackers, allegedly relatives of the deceased man — whose body lies on its back in the background — interrogate the women as to the location of the man’s heart. “I am a mother with five children.” “There’s no real way they can prove themselves innocent,” a source told Guardian Australia.In April, four people were accused of witchcraft and tortured in a village in the country's superstitious highlands, and in 2013 a 20-year-old woman was stripped and burnt alive in Enga province.The Papua New Guinea government brought in the new laws after being criticised in June by the UN, which said that authorities were doing nothing to prevent the attacks.The 32-year-old woman, who was conducting research into exotic birds in a remote forest on Karkar Island, was walking along a bush track with her husband and a guide on Friday when they were set upon by the gang armed with knives and rifles.