Witch hunts are shameful
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