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Targeting of women as witches: Trends, Prevalence and the law in Northern, Western,and Northeastern regions of India

A report carried out by experts, and stakeholders seeking to establish the ways in which a centuries-old system is invoked to stigmatise and punish women in contemporary India. Full report see here.

India: Women facing atrocities as ‘witch’ still prevalent in Rajasthan

JAIPUR: It appears that the government machinery has no ways and means to curb incidents where women are killed, tortured or ostracized after a section of villagers brand them as “witches”. These incidents are unabated in the tribal districts of the state including -Rajsamand, Dungarpur, Udaipur, Pratapgarh and Sirohi. Full coverage here

India: Panel to check witchcraft

A committee has been constituted to formulate the modalities for keeping tabs on those who exploit people in the name of astrology and witchcraft. More here

South Africa: Police to Establish Task Teams to Investigate Occult Crimes

EASTERN Cape police have appointed three detectives to specialise in occult-related crime as part of a national drive by the SAPS to crack down on muti murders and other crimes that may occur during the practising of satanism, witchcraft and even vampirism. See here for more information.

UN: Violating children’s rights: harmful practices based on tradition, culture, religion or superstition – International NGO Council on Violence against Children

Each year, thousands of children die worldwide and the childhoods and development of millions more are scarred by harmful practices perpetrated by parents, relatives, religious and community leaders and other adults.

The report illustrates a devastating failure of international and regional human rights mechanisms to provoke the necessary challenge to these practices and their effective prohibition and elimination in all regions. It marks a failure of political and community leadership to move parents, families and societies on from harmful practices
to cultures fully respectful of children’s rights. It marks a failure of religious leaders to insist that no form of violence against children can be justified in the name of religion and to highlight, as the Convention on the Rights of the Child does, children’s own right to freedom of religion.
This report builds on the key recommendations of the UN Secretary General’s Study. It identifies a range
of international, regional and national bodies that need to work urgently and more visibly to end adults’ inexcusable justification of inhumanity to children.

Please click here to see report