Lahan, Sept 20 : A woman was beaten badly by the locals for allegedly practicing witchcraft at Kusundi of Nawarajpur-5 in Siraha district on September 14. She is currently receiving treatment at Dharan-based BPKIHS. According to the victim’s son Ganesh Yadav, the locals had accused her of practicing hypnotism on a child who however died in lightning and one was taken ill. Locals Dharmanath Yadav, his son Santosh Yadav and Devnath Yadav, Krishna Yadav and Brahma Yadav thrashed Murtidevi. “My mother was sleeping at home on September 14. Locals started using foul words on her, dragged her to the road from home and beat up. Later they ditched her on the farmland,” her son Ganesh narrated the harrowing tale. He shared that the alleged perpetrators had threatened his mother to frame her on the charges of theft if she ever complained to the police. DSP Shalikram Sharma said that they were looking into the case.