Bhubaneswar, Oct 30 (LocalWire) Fresh reports of witch-hunting violence have come under the spotlight in Odisha with the murder of a woman and a couple being driven out from the village on suspicion of witchcraft practice.
The state recorded its 13 witch-hunting murder since September 15 last with a tribal woman being beaten to death in Kujampadar village under Papadahandi police station of Nabarangpur district last night.
The victim identified as Tulashi Santa was dragged out from the house and was beaten by two villagers and she bled to death. The assailants suspected the woman to be a witch who had cast evil spirit in the village.
Police swung into action nabbed one of the suspected assailants today.
In yet another instance laying bare people’s superstition-bound belief, a tribal couple is leading a nomadic life in Bangiriposhi area of Mayurbhanj district with locals driving out the duo from the village.
Both of them were suspected to be witchcraft practitioners by the local people.
Meanwhile, the police have rescued the couple from a makeshift home in an orchard and have rehabilitated them in the village.
A case under the provisions of Prevention of Witch Hunting Act, 2014 has been registered in this connection, police said.
Incidentally, Odisha topped the country-wide witchcraft toll in 2016 with 58 persons being mercilessly killed on suspicion of black magic.
So far, 39 witch-hunting human toll have been recorded (from January 1 to October 30) this year while the figures were 39 in 2018 and 36 in 2017.