Analysing Modern day Witch Hunts in Rural India

6 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2022

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Bhumika Hooda

O. P. Jindal Global University, Jindal Global Law School (JGLS)

Date Written: January 8, 2022

Abstract

Witch-hunting is the process of finding people who use black magic and bring bad luck to others. When such “witches” are identified, they are often physically punished for their use of black magic. Most of the time, the accused have been women. In many cases, some victims of witch-hunting were made to eat human faeces. The existence of witches cannot be answered with certainty but why some people are branded witched in rural areas of India can be answered. There are several factors that culminate in a person being accused of practising witchcraft. This essay will analyse the role of factors like patriarchy, socio-economic conditions, and superstitions in sustaining the practice. Towards the end, a case study from rural Gujrat drives the point home.

Keywords: Witch hunting, Rural India, Gender, Socio-economic, Superstition, Violence

Suggested Citation

Hooda, Bhumika, Analysing Modern day Witch Hunts in Rural India (January 8, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4004027 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4004027

Bhumika Hooda (Contact Author)

O. P. Jindal Global University, Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) ( email )

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New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh/Haryana
India

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