A woman and her three-year-old son died after they were set afire by their neighbours in Pandhurna in Chhindwara district, about 275kms south east of Bhopal, on Tuesday. The neighbours suspected that the woman was a sorceress.
The victim, Neelu, 25, and her three-year-old son, Shubham, got critical burns. They were rushed to Nagpur for treatment but they succumbed to their injuries on the way. The accused have been arrested.
The incident followed a row between Neelu and an elderly woman, Gunna Bai, living in neighbourhood. Neelu had come to her parents’ house recently.
Her mother and daughter had died recently. She suspected that her neighbour Gunna Bai practiced witchcraft and had termed her a tonhi (sorceress).