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Paraguayan Woman Tied to Stake, Beaten and Burned Alive

A Paraguayan woman, Adolfina Ocampos, 45, was lynched by members of an indigenous community in Paraguay this week. Officers said the woman was accused of witchcraft and was taken to a river and submerged under water. The mob then tied her to a pole and carried her to another site where they prepared a grave, filled it with firewood and set her alight while she was still alive.

Skeletal remains were all that was left of Miss Ocampos following the ritual
Skeletal remains were all that was left of Miss Ocampos following the ritual

A Paraguayan woman, Adolfina Ocampos, 45, was lynched by members of an indigenous community in Paraguay this week. Officers said the woman was accused of witchcraft and was taken to a river where she was submerged under water. The mob then tied her to a pole and carried her to another site where they prepared a grave, filled it with firewood and set her alight while she was still alive.

The men later burned the remains of the body on a camp fire, investigators say.

A group of seven men and a 14-year-old boy have confessed to what took place, according to police.

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