“Tune mara Maniaro ke pati ko?
(Did you kill Manioaro’s husband?
Tell us, witch!)
Holo Devi, 65, was found in a sack at the foothill of Dhardhariya pahad (hill)—located between the Lohardaga and Gumla districts of Jharkhand—on June 10, 2022, brutally murdered. The previous day, the widow and a mother of two, a resident of Ganeshpur village, 170 km from the state capital Ranchi, was mercilessly dragged and beaten after she was held responsible for the death of the husband of Maniaro Devi, a woman living in the same village. The region is populated by Kharwar Adivasis, classified as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG). People here still attribute any death, natural or accidental, to witchcraft.