An 18-year-old woman has badly scalded feet and calves after a freak assault during a carnival in southwest Germany. The festival in Eppingen, Baden Württemberg celebrates fairy-tale and witchcraft legend in the area and carnival goers are often dressed in witch’s costumes. The two suspects were dressed in witch’s outfits and one is understood to have grabbed the girl and held her over the cauldron while the other lifted the lid to allow her to be dropped in.
As tradition, the cauldron was placed on a carnival cart which was being pulled along by several people dressed up in witch costumes and apparently the girl's friends had 'handed her over' to two of the people dressed up as a joke, who carried her to the cart. It’s not clear whether it was intended as a prank and nobody realised how hot the water was, or if the entire thing was planned as an assault. The carnival immediately continued on without caring for the injured victim, who has been hospitalised and is expected to need to remain in specialist care for more than a week. The suspects are wanted for negligent bodily harm and failure to provide assistance.