India is a nation that has come under international criticism for years because of its culture that has produced infanticide and sex-selection abortions. Reports over the years have surfaced showing women having as many as 10 abortions, babies are killed in infanticides if not the desired sex, and now this.
The London Daily Mail reports on an Indian man calling himself a “sorcerer” who has been sentenced to death after decapitating a baby and drinking the child’s blood. Unfortunately, this is not a ghastly scene from a science fiction movie, but reality.
The incident took place two years ago during an occult ritual in Kalakuri village in Bankura, West Bengal, Indian media reports.
Lakshmi Kanta Sarkar was found in a graveyard by a makeshift temple ‘drinking blood from the severed head of a baby hanging in a tree’ by a group of villagers.
The villagers beat the ‘sorcerer’ so badly police had to intervene to avoid a lynching, The Times of India reported upon his arrest.
Sarkar has now been sentenced to death after 17 witnesses testified against him at Sulagna Dastidar district court in Bankura.
‘Sarkar was convicted and a fast track court considered the case to be the rarest of the rare and awarded him the death penalty Monday,’ public prosecutor AK Chattopadhyay said in a press conference.
Although cannibalism and ‘blood sacrifice; in the name of sorcery is extremely rare, there have been similar cases in India in recent years.