Witch Hunting in Assam: Practices, Causes, Legal Issues and Challenges
Unitedworld Law Journal, Vol 1, 2017
10 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2018
Date Written: December 28, 2017
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
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