We are in 2016. When rest of the world seems busy finding God Particles, a few continents including ours, still having debates on witches and witchcraft.
We now have legal witchcraft acts like Prevention of Witch (Dayan) Practices Act (1999), Anti Witchcraft Act(2001) and Chhattisgarh Tonhi Pratama Bill (2005) for states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan. The states of Maharashtra and West-Bengal are already working for such bills.
In addition to the countless NGO, local-bodies working against this evil, now, The department of Human Rights Defense International is almost done with their draft for “Prevention and Prohibition of Witch-Hunting.”
According to the fact and figures released by National Crime Records Bureau in India, nearly 2079 people (with witchcraft accusation) were killed because of this insanity. Oh My God! isn’t it amazing?
Killing people for this nonsense is not something that came into existence a few decades ago; it has traces in the past and roots are very deep.
The humorous part is, pick up any local news newspapers and you will see both the ads, be it for witchcraft and for a postgraduate degree course, sharing the same column. If a kid gets sick, a lady gets miscarriage, livestock dies for no good reason, someone is not able to concentrate or facing consistent failures; its witchcraft only.
Even in digital India, we cannot dare to deny from the incidents of Bali (human or animal sacrifice) a kid or animal. Even if it is a plague, drought like natural calamities; without questioning, (widow) women are held responsible for it.
Talking about civilizations like India, the only people held responsible for this are “the untouchables and Shudras,” because they are helpless and cannot defend. The untouchables; strange, even after half a century of our independence, we still use this derogatory term of addressing someone. What a shame!
A country where most worshiped deities are women; is perhaps setting the best examples of gang-rapes and acid attacks. Saraswati Devi (45), was a most recent example of this gruesome killing.
She was beaten to death by local villagers and even his husband identified her attackers, no arrests were made so far. Where are we going? In another case of Assam, a 63 year old lady was beheaded and that too in broad daylight.
A four year old kid from Odisha, a five years old boy was abducted from nursery class and after beheading, the killer spread his blood all around his house. There are countless cases of this idiocy.
A father hammered a nail in the head of his only son, Nalasopara family, where seven members of the family brutally murdered two small kids of (5 and 3 year old) from their own household as they were convinced that those lovable kids were possessed by an evil spirit.
In a spine-chilling case, where a man kidnapped a nine year old kid and after choking him to death, he first removes his eyes and kidney. He then took these body parts to a Hanuman temple, cooked and ate those before performing Pooja. Oh My God! In which society we are living?
The psychiatrists say, “it is about mental conditions of the criminals.” Scholars say, “it is about illiteracy.” Policy makers are making policies for this nonsense.
If they are really serious about stopping it, how about stopping it from the top; banning all advertisement, sending such babas and tantriks behind the bars, censoring all movies and soap operas on this theme.