Dire want for consciousness and training concerning the superstition, says examine performed in Odisha
Well being issues proceed to be a significant underlying cause behind witchcraft associated violence in Odisha whereas there’s a dire want for consciousness and training among the many individuals concerning superstition, says a examine that analysed 102 incidents of violence.
The examine ‘Witch-Searching in Odisha’ performed by State Fee for Ladies, Odisha and Motion Assist Affiliation, a non-government organisation, says, “27% of witch branding are attributed to well being points amongst youngsters, whereas 43.5 % of the instances are linked to well being points in case of grownup villagers.”
“Equally, misfortune or makes an attempt of land grabbing have been discovered to be causes behind 24.5 % of the instances. The bottom 5% of the instances have been on account of crop failure,” says the examine.
“Police have intervened in 69% of the instances. In 30% instances, victims of witchcraft have been killed whereas victims in 17% instances didn’t have any choices left, however to depart their villages,” it says.
B.N. Durga of Motion Assist Affiliation mentioned “single girls who have been widowed or separated have been discovered to be essentially the most susceptible teams in witch branding associated crimes. Kids of the victims face the brunt of the stigma.”
In response to the examine, a complete of 12 States in India witnessed witch-branding and near 2,300 witch-hunting murders have been dedicated nation-wide between 1999 and 2013.
Even after the enactment of the Witch Searching Act of Odisha in 2013, as many as 99, 83 and 58 instances have been reported within the years 2017, 2016 and 2015 respectively.
In case of neighbouring Jharkhand, the witch-hunting legislation has been in power since 2001. Nevertheless, the State nonetheless tops the checklist of witch-hunting deaths from 2013 to 2016. 523 girls have been lynched on the suspicion of training witchcraft from 2001 to 2016 within the State, however sadly, many instances had gone unreported, the examine says.
“The Fee considers witch persecution of girls as violation of the rights of girls. As urged by the examine, the Fee will work to deliver vital amendments within the current legislation to make sure satisfactory safeguarding of victims of witch branding,” mentioned Dr Minati Behera, Chairperson of Odisha State Fee for Ladies.