Contrary to public belief, no witches were burned during the so-called Salem Witch Trials in the U.S.. although several were hanged at the infamous Gallows Hills. Witch hunting was common in Europe, especially during “Early Modern” period from 1450 to 1750, and according to notations made in Wikipedia, the last organized executions of suspected witches took place in the 18th century there. Contemporary witch-hunts, according to the same cite, still occur in some parts of Africa and Cameroon. Add India to that list. About 50 people were arrested in or around the state of Jharkhand located in eastern India. Five women were killed by villagers who suspected they were witches- they were “dragged out of their homes while asleep and beaten to death”- some were even stoned to death. Although 50 were arrested, police think the whole village was involved. Over a minimum 2,100 women have been killed in the last decade in India for suspicion of practicing witchcraft according to live Mint. The practice of witch hunting, usually a practice of tribal clans, is becoming more common in other parts of India society.

. In a related story, a 70-year-old woman was stabbed in her own courtyard, in Dubudih, India, because she was suspected of witchcraft, and a 95-year-old woman was axed to death by villagers in Kollam, a seaport city on the sea coast in Kerala, India.

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