Keonjhar, February 27 (LocalWire): State police chief R.P. Sharma on Wednesday unveiled a statue of a woman in memory of the scores of victims who were killed on suspicion of practicing witchcraft.
Many tribal pockets in the state have been riddled by superstition, and witchcraft has already taken a toll, particularly women, who have been subjected to various atrocities.
Despite awareness drives by the state administration, women have been ostracised, and on several occasions murdered, after accusing them of practicing witchcraft.
The statue was installed at the office of the Kendujhar superintendent of police.
Besides Sharma, DIG Kabita Jalan, collector Ashish Thakre, SP Jaya Narayan Pankaj, families of the victims, and other senior police officials were also present on the occasion.
Officials admit complete eradication of superstitious beliefs is far from over as this social evil is entranced deep in the society. Women are still being targeted and abused, although the state government has introduced tough measures to curb the menace.