Friday, 27 May, 2022

Topic: Witchcraft

State anti-superstition laws not enough. India needs a central law, focus on victim not crime

Cases of witch-hunting and human-sacrifices are part of systems of oppression that have been culturally and religiously legitimised for centuries.

Witch-hunting still active, says HC as it denies bail to men who ‘killed’ woman with trident

Justice S.K. Panigrahi pointed out the lack of a central law to deal with witch-hunting. IPC provisions applicable for the crime aren't as effective in deterring criminals, the court said.

Bihar women accused of witchcraft, forced to drink urine, eat excreta as village watched

Three women of a Muzaffarpur village were out to perform puja when they were caught & tortured by a mob of around 500. Nine arrests have been made in the case.

Millions of Indians can’t get enough of ‘chudails’ on YouTube

Animated videos for children featuring bloodthirsty 'chudail' or witches are raking in millions of views — mostly from men.

Lessons from witchcraft-related violence in Europe can help stop murder of thousands

State-sanctioned witchcraft trials died out in Europe by 18th century, but the belief and associated violence lasted much longer.

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Gautam Adani’s food venture Adani Wilmar is best-performing IPO in Asia

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Army accuses Pakistan of ‘deceit under garb of LoC ceasefire’ as infiltration bid is foiled

Three terrorists were killed Thursday while they were attempting an infiltration into J&K's Keran sector from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.