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Resumé Of ‘INDIAN WITCH HUNT’

Resumé Of ‘INDIAN WITCH HUNT’

Resumé Of ‘INDIAN WITCH HUNT’ (National Geographic Documentary)

Witchcraft is still widely believed in and ‘practiced’ in many backward parts of India. Jharkand in Ranchi has been dubbed ‘the witch-killing hub of India’ by journalists where women suspected of witchcraft are attacked and not seldom killed. Historians have estimated that, in Europe until the 17th to 18th century, ca. 40,000 women were killed as witches, often by burning at the stake. (The latest well-known witch trials in an industrialised or developed Western country were those at Salem, Massachusetts in 1692.)

In Jharkand, five hundred cases of witch hunts were reported in the 1990s, and they continue to occur. The State ratified an Anti Witch-hunting Law, resulting in 400 arrests since 2000. The