Deadly accusations of witchcraft in India
Every year, hundreds of women in India are attacked and even murdered after being accused of being witches. DW travelled to India’s eastern state of Jharkhand to take a closer look at what could be behind this often fatal superstition.
Witch hunting is a superstition. A witch is believed to be one who practices black magic and as a result brings evil to the community. Most of the victims are women though sometime men are also branded as witch. Tipically, if there is any outbreak of disease without cure, a priest of the local temple predicts the name of the witch, and the villager then takes the action of either eliminating the accused woman or chasing her from the village.
Before killing or chasing away the women or her family is humiliated in the public by shaving her hair or paraded naked. Various women’s rights group in Assam state are demanding a state law to eliminate this evil practice. (Source: EPA)
80% of the cases are not reported. Many people say the women did not die because they were witches. There are other reasons. So what is really behind witch hunting? Watch here!
News about atrocities against women in Papua New Guinea (PNG) was commonplace in the last few weeks. Women who have been accused of sorcery were either killed or forced to flee their homes. But this brutal violence against women is not new in PNG. (From January 30, 2015)
A 40-year-old woman was burned alive on Friday after a mob accused her of casting black magic spells in a remote village in southern Nepal, police said. (From February 20, 2012)
Date16.08.2016 | 15:04
TagsAdivasi, Assam, Bodo, Hajong, India, Jharkhand, Rabha, Violence against women, witch hunt, witchcraft, women's rights