In a shocking data released recently, at least 211 women were brazenly murdered on suspicion of practising witchcraft between 2015 and 2020.
However, this is not the first time such disturbing data has surfaced. Jharkhand has long witnessed a spurt in cases of witch-hunt, where innocents become victim of social evil and women murdered in lure of land property.
These cases are prevalent in rural districts, where murder of 40 women from Chaibasa, 32 from Gumla, 29 from Simdega and 20 from Ranchi were recorded.
During the said period, at least 4,658 cases related to witch-hunt have been registered in police stations across various districts.
About 1,278 cases has been registered in Garhwa, 466 in Palamu, 406 in Hazaribagh, 387 in Giridih, 316 in Deoghar and 236 in Godda.
On an average, 931 cases of torture and murder is reported every year against those practising witch-hunt.
According to a report, widows and infertile women are more prone to such evil practices. They are often beaten and hacked to death on suspicion of practising witch-hunt.
To curb this menace, the government had promulgated ‘The Prevention of Witch (DAAIN) Practices Act 1999’. Despite the stringent law, it has failed the locals from practising such social evil.