I've created a character which could be considered a futile woman who only cares about looking good to others, meanwhile her favourite pastime is to create hoaxes about people around her so that these people end up with a bad reputation. She rejoices every time she does that, and it so happens that her next victim is the main character of the story, who has a special power. The actions of this woman will lead to the main character being viewed as a witch and bullied at school to the point she'll become recluse when she grows up. This woman could be viewed as villainous, but, with the way I'm outlining the plot, I'm finding difficulty to fit something in that could represent some sort of punishment to her without deviating too much from the main plot, and I believe her punishment won't have such a great impact in the story since the actual villains will appear much later. However, many readers love to see villainous characters getting the short end of the stick... So my question is: do I need, or better yet, must I punish this character in some way?