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Policing sorcery accusation related violence in Papua New Guinea

Forsyth, Miranda


This chapter analyses how the police in Papua New Guinea (PNG) respond to sorcery accusations and related violence (SARV). It details the various challenges the police face in responding to this particular form of crime, which often involves confronting an entire community convinced of the need to torture and kill the sorcerer (or witch), whom they believe has killed and may kill again. It argues that in many cases police are successful in securing the security of the accused individual or...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Mapping Security in the Pacific: A Focus on Context, Gender and Organisational Culture
DOI: 10.4324/9780429031816-17


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