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Sri Lankan Woman’s Arrest For Witchcraft May Be Beheaded

04/20/2012 03:55 PM ET

A Sri Lankan woman arrested in Saudi Arabia accused of ‘witchcraft’ faces death by being beheaded because she broke the law. Women have very limited rights in the country, and a man only needs to simply accuse a woman of wrong doing to have her arrested, and found guilty. Also witchcraft and sorcery is still punishable by a life in prison or by punishment of beheading or death if one is found guilty of practicing the art, according to Islamic Sharia law.

A Saudi man called authorities on a woman who he suspects of casting a spell on his 13-year-old daughter. The man said his daughter “suddenly started acting in an abnormal way, and that happened after she came close to the Sri Lankan woman,” the daily Okaz has reported.

The incident happened while the man and his daughter were walking through a Jeddah shopping mall the report says.

The daily Okaz reports that the father then reported the alleged “sorcerer” to security forces “asking for her arrest and the specialized units dealt with the situation swiftly and succeeded in arresting her.”

According to Amnesty International two women were put to death last year after being convicted of “sorcery and witchcraft .”

The punishment is always beheading for anyone found guilty of witchcraft.


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