17. An Odisha couple who were suspected of practicing sorcery were sentenced to life in prison.


Following the examination of twenty witnesses and other pieces of evidence, the court rendered its decision.

17 persons were given life sentences by a Jajpur district court in Odisha on Thursday for the three-year-old burning death of a couple on suspicion of practicing magic.

Jajpur Road Additional District and Sessions Judge Hrusikesh Acharya fined each of the 17 individuals ₹10,000 after finding them guilty in the case.

In the late hours of July 7, 2020, a group of locals stormed into the home of Shaila Balmuj and Sambari Balmuj in Nimapali hamlet in the Kalinga Nagar district, accusing them of sorcery.


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