Shocking video emerges showing women tortured 'for witchcraft'
Shocking footage has emerged showing the torture of woman allegedly for witchcraft.
The disturbing clip was apparently filmed in a Papau New Guinea village.
It show four women who were stripped, tied up, burned and beaten by a group of men in a country wrought with violence and murders linked to sorcery.
They are prodded and threatened by the men with machetes while being questioned.
The Guardian was told by sources the women were accused of sorcery after a young man fell ill in a village in Enga province in August.
It is believed the women were accused of "invisibly" removing the man's heart and replacing it after they were tortured.
“There’s no real way they can prove themselves innocent,” a source told Guardian Australia. “Once they’re suspected they’re basically done for, they’ll be tortured and maybe killed as well.”
A subtitled version is available, and in it the women plead with their attackers.
“My son, stop it!” says one woman, laying on the ground.
“Talk out, where did you put it?” comes the reply. “Burn her with the wire.”
“I’ve got nothing to do with it,” says another woman. “I am a mother with five children.”
It was reported one of the women had died but these claims have yet to be confirmed.
Warning: Footage contains very distressing images.