Hair snip mys­tery in In­dia

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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

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