Phil Hazlewood, Agence France-Presse, MUMBAI
Chanting to cure snakebites, claiming to be a reincarnated spouse to obtain sex, and charging for miracles could soon be banned by an Indian state seeking to stop charlatans preying on the vulnerable. Continue reading
The New Indian Express, Aug 24, 2011 at 12:06pm
ISTBARIPADA: A 40-year-old Dalit woman was paraded naked and beaten up mercilessly for allegedly practising sorcery in Parulia village under Kuliana police limits in Mayurbhanj district on Monday.
In the last six months, six persons have been killed over sorcery in the district. On February 18 five members, including two women of a Dalit family in a tribal village in Balasore district were allegedly stripped and paraded naked before being beaten up by a group of villagers who suspected them to be practising sorcery. Continue reading
Yagnesh Mehta, Times of India, Aug 7, 2011,
Residents of Tekra Falia locality in Navsari district’s Chikhli village woke up to the screams of 65-year-old Jasuben Lad in the wee hours of Saturday. She was allegedly set on fire by her son Narottam and his wife Niru while sleeping. Jasuben’s 70-year-old husband Vallabhbhai was present in the house, but before he could help her, she had sustained severe injuries on the upper parts of her body. Continue reading
Express News Service , The New Indian Express. Aug 02, 2011
While witchcraft dominates life in Mayurbhanj district, it is the old women and widows without family support who become victims of such violent acts. In the last six months, five persons have been killed over sorcery in the district.
Deccan Chronicle, July 25, 2011, SULOGNA MEHTA
Psychiatrists say that belief in sorcery and black magic is a mental disease, a kind of psychopathological and somatisation (psychiatric distress manifested as imaginary physical syndromes) disorder. Hundreds of vulnerable elderly people, especially women, in Andhra Pradesh are burnt to death or are beaten up and tortured for allegedly indulging in “sorcery”.