Witch-Hunts in the 21st Century
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Keywords

witchcraft
witch-hunt
violence
empowerment
women
society
tribal
Dalit

How to Cite

Biswas, Anil. 2018. “Witch-Hunts in the 21st Century”. BROLLY. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES 1 (2). https://www.journals.lapub.co.uk/index.php/Brolly/article/view/68.

Abstract

Beliefs in witchcraft result in witch-hunts. Today, in many rural parts of India, if a woman is confirmed as a witch by the local Ojha, she receives all sorts of tortures: beating, burn injuries, insertion of different objects in the intimate parts, she is forced to walk naked through the village, eat human excrements or raped, her hair, nose or ears are cut and teeth are removed, her land and properties are destroyed or confiscated, she is forced to leave the village or killed. These acts of violence are occurring at an alarming rate in the villages of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Haryana, Orissa, Assam, and other rural regions. We are facing, thus, a serious threat to the empowerment of women in Indian society. The main objectives of this study are to identify the factors behind witch-hunts, the nature of witchcraft practices, and to provide some suggestions for eradicating such behaviours.

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