Now this is horrible….

USA Today Reports:

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — A mob stripped, tortured and bound a woman accused of witchcraft, then burned her alive in front of hundreds of witnesses in a Papua New Guinea town, police said Friday after one of the highest profile sorcery-related murders in this South Pacific island nation.

Kepari Leniata, a 20-year-old mother, had been accused of sorcery by relatives of a 6-year-old boy who died in the hospital the day before.

She was tortured with a hot iron rod, bound, doused in gasoline, then set alight on a pile of car tires and trash…(source)

5 Responses to Now this is horrible….

  1. writerdood says:

    I was enraged when I read about this last week. I hope some form of justice can be obtained – if only to prevent this type of BS from occurring again. From the looks of it, though, the villagers think torture and murder IS justice. It’s sickening.

  2. Josh C says:

    Pure democracy in action.

    Sometimes, I worry that Hobbes was right.

  3. dan says:

    It’s even more horrible that this is not an isolated incident. If you google it and exclude the word Papua you get very quickly to a long list of diferent places all over the world. there was one a lot closer to home. it didnt make as much news because it was only the family that did it, not the whole town or some group. So they called it ‘murder’ and ‘witchcraft’ was the defence. sad

  4. Howard says:

    What bothered me most was the pictures and video that the bystanders were taking with there cellphones. They weren’t doing it to show the world the horror, they were doing it to record for their own entertainment.

  5. Unfortunately, in a primitive country where christianists have perverted the majority of the people, the only “justice” that’s likely to be achieved will be a violent tit-for-tat killing. That’s the way the bible rolls, unfortunately. Of course, in this case, because the unfortunate lady was a “witch”, there will be no retribution. Again, that’s the way the bible rolls.

    It’s interesting to see the less developed countries with christianist influences. They tend to take the bible much more literally, and they do read all of it. Therefore, what you see there is much more like what the christianists in the Tea Party and Republican party are trying to achieve. It’s a great opportunity to see what religion can achieve, given the opportunity and lack of controls.

    Hopefully in this case, the poor woman’s murderers will be punished by secular authorities. Of course, it’s quite possible that secular authorities were right there at the time, taking video footage for the kids.

    Isn’t it fascinating to see how many countries who murder women on the claim that they’re “witches” are also the most fervently christianist countries? True story.

    I think the next person who asks me “But what harm is there in religion?” I’ll redirect to the story. Of course, they’ll have plenty of excuses and justifications as to why that would “never happen” in a first-world country. How short their memories are.

    I’m really angry and really, really sorry for the lady and her children and relatives. Really angry.

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