Witch hunts are shame­ful

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The ar­ti­cle on how some women in In­dia’s hin­ter­land are branded as witches and then ban­ished from their com­mu­nity was heart-rend­ing (‘The witch hunts of In­dia’, Septem­ber 6).

The govern­ment au­thor­i­ties should take stern ac­tion against all those who la­bel a woman a witch only to rob her of her as­sets and wealth. Most of the times I think peo­ple are brand­ing a woman a witch not be­cause they are il­lit­er­ate but be­cause they have an ul­te­rior mo­tive – usurp­ing her wealth.

It is shame­ful that in this day and age such crime is still preva­lent.

GAURI RAJ, VIA EMAIL I am from Odisha (a state in south east In­dia) where it is quite com­mon to come across cases where women are branded as witches. I used to al­ways won­der why it was only women who had to suf­fer such abuse. But af­ter read­ing Mat­teo Fagotto’s ar­ti­cle, I un­der­stood why.

Thank­fully with the spread of ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial aware­ness this cruel su­per­sti­tion is los­ing its in­ten­sity grad­u­ally.

SUCHARITRA LINDUS, DUBAI

Bul­ly­ing, witch hunts and child labour were the hot top­ics that caught your at­ten­tion in Fri­day last week

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