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Wednesday, 15 August, 2001, 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK
Two Nepalese arrested after witchcraft dispute
Police in Nepal have arrested two people after a dispute over witchcraft ended in violence.

Fighting broke out in the south-eastern district of Mahottarai when a woman accused of being a witch was defended by people who said she had been unfairly singled out.

The woman was accused by villagers of being responsible for the death of a local teenager.

They said the teenager's death was caused by evil spirits.

In the ensuing dispute, four people were injured in the violence.

A correspondent for the BBC in Kathmandu says deep-rooted superstition and the practice of witch-hunting are still prevalent in many Nepalese villages.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

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