Women in Papua New Guinea Being Tortured for Allegedly Practicing Witchcraft, Causing AIDS-Related Deaths
July 25, 2007
Some women in Papua New Guinea are being accused of practicing witchcraft to cause AIDS-related deaths among young people in the country, officials and researchers have said recently, AFP/France24 reports. A recent analysis released by the Centre for Independent Studies in Australia said, "Sorcery, witchcraft and other supernatural forces are widely blamed for causing HIV/AIDS" in Papua New Guinea. It added that "[a]ccusations of sorcery have resulted in torture and murder" of some women. Research fellow Miranda Tobias wrote in the analysis that there are "reports of women being tortured for days in efforts to extract confessions." Such forms of torture include being "beaten, stabbed, cut with knives, sexually assaulted and burnt with hot irons," Tobias wrote. According to the analysis, it is "estimated that there have been 500 such attacks in the past year."
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