Shaman charged with attempt to murder

Phidim, January 22

Panchthar Police today filed a case against shaman Suk Bahadur Rai after he singed a 14-month-old child to ward off evil spirit supposedly possessing the minor.

Suk Bahadur of Oyam VDC has been charged with attempt to murder.

He had singed the minor Dipson Rai by making him sit on heated iron and stone on January 8. Suk Bahadur was arrested last Thursday following two weeks-long police investigation.

The minor has sustained severe injures to the upper part of his left thigh. He has been receiving treatment in District Hospital, Panchthar.

Meanwhile, Dr Manoj Nepal of the hospital said that the minor has to be treated under the direct observation of doctors for four to five days.

He further said it would take some time for the wound to completely heal as the minor had not been brought to the hospital on time.