Witch Hunting in Assam: Practices, Causes, Legal Issues and Challenges

Unitedworld Law Journal, Vol 1, 2017

10 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2018  

Jehirul Islam

Karnavati University - United World School of Law

AfruzAra Ahmed

Gauhati University, Students

Date Written: December 28, 2017

Abstract

Witch hunting or witch branding are the social menaces, which are very much prevalent in the State of Assam. Witch doctors are the people, who usually brand women (in few cases man also) as a witch, in cases where there are issues of drought, flood, illness, and death of the people of the particular locality. The reasons for witch hunting or witch crafting are many, however, it has been in practice as a part of traditional belief, which is the reason people are reluctant to give up the practice. Existing laws in India have failed to address the issue. NGOs, Civil Societies, and Judiciary had expressed several times for need of the special laws for curbing this social evil. The Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention, and Protection) Bill, 2015 is a landmark bill to curb the menace of witch-hunting. However, the bill is pending for president’s assent.

Keywords: women empowerment, witch-crafting, witch-hunting, witch branding

Suggested Citation

Islam, Jehirul and Ahmed, AfruzAra, Witch Hunting in Assam: Practices, Causes, Legal Issues and Challenges (December 28, 2017). Unitedworld Law Journal, Vol 1, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3182937

Jehirul Islam (Contact Author)

Karnavati University - United World School of Law ( email )

A/907, Uvarsad-Vavol Rd, Knowledge Village
Gandhinagar, 384222
India

AfruzAra Ahmed

Gauhati University, Students

India

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