Hair snip mystery in India
LUCKNOW: Police are investigating a raft of mysterious attacks in which Indian women said they’re waking up to find someone has chopped off their hair.
Village committees have been ordered to squash rumours about ghosts or witches cutting off women’s braids.
A top official in northern Uttar Pradesh state, said yesterday police had advised people not to believe or spread rumours following the death of a 65-year-old woman who was beaten by a mob on suspicion that she was a witch responsible for the hair theft.
Similar complaints have come from neighbouring Haryana and Delhi suburbs.
Some psychiatrists believe the stories may be due to mass hysteria or hallucination.
“Ghosts do not cut the braids of women. This is mischief, nothing else,” Rakesh Gaur, a psychiatrist at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in Agra, said. – AP