Jharkhand Witchcraft Case: Violence in the name of witch is increasing continuously in Jharkhand. In the year 2022, 36 days have passed till today and five big incidents of cruelty in the name of witch have come to the fore.
File photo: Two women were beaten up on charges of witch-bisahi in Gamharia village under Ghaghra police station in Gumla district.
Jharkhand (JharkhandThere are frequent cases of atrocities on women in the name of superstition. Police figures say that in the last seven years witch-bisahi (witchcraftsOn an average 35 murders every year in Jharkhand in the name ofMurdered) have occurred. According to the Crime Research Department (CID) data, 46 people were murdered in 2015 posing as witches. There were 39 murders in 2016, 42 in 2017, 25 in 2018, 27 in 2019 and 28 in 2020. The figures for 2021 are not yet fully compiled, but this year also the figures of murders are being told about two dozen. Recently, three people of the village had died in two months due to different reasons. Along with this, the police and administration have become alert about the violence in the name of witch-bisahi, but incidents of crime are decreasing continuously. This worries the administration and the state government has taken the initiative to make people socially aware.
According to media reports, the total figure for seven years in this way is more than 230. Talk about the cases of harassment as a witch, from 2015 to 2020, a total of 4556 cases were registered in the police. That is, every day two to three cases reach the police. In the last six years, the maximum number of cases came in Garhwa. 127 cases were registered here, while 446 in Palamu, 406 in Hazaribagh, 387 in Giridih, 316 in Deoghar, 236 in Godda.
In the year 2022, five major incidents of violence in the name of witch have reduced
In the year 2022, 36 days have passed till today and five big incidents of cruelty in the name of witch have come to the fore. On January 2, in Lakaya village of Sisai police station area of Gumla district, some people called a woman a witch. When the woman’s two sons, Sanjay Oraon and Ajay Oraon, protested, ten people together caught both of them and tied them to the pillar. brutally beaten. Not only this, Ajay Oraon’s left eye was also amputated. The police have registered a case against 10 people including Sugiya Devi, the head of Lukaya Gram Panchayat in this case. On January 30, four people, including nurse Salomi Minj of RIMS, the state’s largest medical college and hospital in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, were arrested by the police of Khunti district. All of them had murdered a woman named Nora Lakra on January 27 by calling her a witch and threw her body in a car in the forest of Khunti police station area.
The law was made in the year 2001, but there was no reduction in the case of violence
According to the report of IANS, the Prohibition of Witch Practices Act came into force in the year 2001 for the incidents of torture in the name of witch-bisahi, but after increasing Jharkhand, the increasing cases of witch torture and violence suggest that the law should be reviewed afresh. Is required. There is a need to make the rules of punishment stricter, fast track courts should be taken in such cases, and the awareness campaign at the social level needs to be intensified.
Jharkhand government is trying to end the evil practice
Manish Ranjan, secretary of the Rural Development Department of Jharkhand, says that for the last one and a half years, the government is running the Garima project through JSLPS (Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society) for eradication of witchcraft. Women who were harassed as witches are not only being identified, but they are being made self-supporting by connecting them with the Sakhi Mandal. Initiatives have also been taken for counseling, legal aid, psychological counseling to the women victims of witchcraft. So far, about one thousand women suffering from witchcraft have been identified in the state. More than 450 affected women have been linked with various means of livelihood through Sakhi Mandal, while psychotherapeutic counseling has been done for about 600 identified women.
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