A woman in a Rajasthan village was branded a witch and knifed to death by her nephew who also injured her 10-year-old grandson, police said today.
Ganesh Kumar was arrested for the murder of his aunt, 65-year-old Hanzana, in Bilia Fala village near Varda town in Dungarpur district, Thursday evening.
The woman's 10-year-old grandson was injured when he tried to intervene, a police official said.
"Ganesh Kumar worked in Mumbai. He returned home a couple of days ago. Like always, he started quarrelling with his 65-year-old aunt Hanzana, saying that she was a witch casting evil spells on the family members and villagers," a police official said.
Suddenly, Ganesh attacked her with a knife. She died on the spot.
"The woman's 10-year old grandson tried to intervene and was beaten up. The child is undergoing treatment at a hospital," said the officer.
Ganesh escaped from the house after the attack but was taken into custody Thursday night.
He later told interrogators that four of his uncles had died and other family members were not keeping well either.
"He said he suspected that the woman was a witch and all the bad things happening in the family were being caused by her only," the police official said.