Berhampur, October 24 (LocalWire): The Ganjam district administration has announced a cash award of Rs 50,000 for anyone who can prove the existence of ghosts.
The decision was taken to create awareness among the residents in the district and dispel beliefs about witchcraft, superstitions, and other similar practices.
“If anyone can prove the existence of ghosts or justify superstitious practices, I will reward that person with Rs 50,000,” Ganjam collector Vijay Amruta Kulange announced on Wednesday.
He further stated that as per his knowledge, ghost or the practice of witchcraft did not exist.
“No ailment is due to the practice of witchcraft. Instead of taking the patient to the witch-hunt, the patient should be rush to the nearby hospital,” he said.
The announcement of the reward by Kulange comes in the wake of two recent witchcraft-related incidents that were reported in the district.
Suspecting, witchcraft practice, several villagers at Gopapur village under Khallikote police station limits had extracted the teeth of six people and forced them to eat human excreta.
A similar incident was also reported from Jagannath Prada, recently.
The police had arrested 35 people for the incident in Khallikote, while and 10 persons were rounded off in the Jagannath Prasad incident.
Meanwhile, members of the Berhampur-based Humanist Rationalist Organisation (HRO) have welcomed the steps taken by the district administration by announcing the cash award.
“We welcome the announcement of the collector. We hope, that people from rural villages will at least become aware of it,” HRO, Berhampur secretary Nandeshu Senapati said.