Nine women stand accused of witchcraft and face criminal charges in a court in Kenya.
The women from Kiagoro in the Kisii District of Kenya have been accused of intent to harm and witchcraft knowledge. It is claimed that they cast a spell on a local boy, which struck him dumb and forced him to walk from house to house for an entire night in April.
The nine women nearly escaped a lynch mob who set after them seeking just for the 11 year old boy.
The Kenyan magistrate granted each bail at Sh30,000.
The East Standard reports that this case follows a wake of recent attacks in the region where women have been lynched by villages accusing them of witchcraft.
In Pure Spirit
Should we worry that Kenyan villages take witchcraft as seriously as this? What would be worse; trying to impose western cultural values or doing nothing to stop the lynching?