A few days ago we reported on an outbreak of haunted schools in the Indian region of Madhya Pradesh. Now we hear of a man in the same region who returned home from prison only to be chased away because his family thought he was a ghost…
Is Raju Raghuvanshi alive or dead?
Ask Raghuvanshi, and he will tell you he is alive. But ask his friends and family, and they will tell you the man you just spoke with is a ghost sent to haunt them.
Believed by his friends and family to have died in prison, Raghuvanshi returned home earlier this month from his short jail stint to shouts of “Help! Ghost!” and the sounds of neighbours locking their doors in his home village of Katra.
“My family thinks I am dead,” he said in a phone interview on Monday. “They will not permit me to enter my home because they think I am a ghost.”
Ostracised by the people of Katra, about 450km from Bhopal, he’s now living in a nearby village and struggling to prove he’s alive.
The best proof he had — that his feet were still properly attached, not turned backward as ghosts’ feet are thought to be — was dismissed by villagers.