India: Woman castrates man after he tries to rape her

A woman in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district castrated a man after he allegedly attempted to rape her. The 19-year-old man, who has been admitted to a hospital in a critical condition, claimed he was attacked without any provocation. Read more here.

India: For practising witchcraft, man forced to eat dog’s excreta in Shillong

A man was allegedly tortured and forced to eat dog’s excreta by eight of his relatives for practising suspected witchcraft at Mawutieng in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, police said today. Read more here.

India: Woman branded witch, beaten up

A tribal woman in Rajasthan was branded as a witch and beaten up by five of her relatives, against whom she filed a police complaint Saturday, an official said. Read more here.

Saudi Arabia: Saudi police on the hunt for a ‘witch’ housemaid

Saudi police are searching for an Indonesian housemaid accused by her employer of casting a magic spell on all his family, causing fainting and epileptic fits to them. Read more here.

India: Woman, son killed for ‘witchcraft’

RANCHI: A 60-year-old woman, alleged to be a witch, and her son were caned to death in Simdega district, 200km from here late on Thursday. Read more here.

India: Assam State Commission for Women seeks law to combat witch-hunting

GUWAHATI: With about 105 cases of witch-hunting cases being reported during 2006-2012, the Assam State Commission for Women (ASCW) has urged the state government to immediately formulate a law to combat the menace, as the number of cases is on the rise. Read more here

India: Sensitisation programme on witch hunting for police personnel

A state level sensitisation programme was organised for police personnel by the Assam State Commission for Women (ASCW) on Friday for intervention and prevention of witch hunting in the state. Police personnel from all the districts, especially those from the witch hunting affected areas such as Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Udalguri, Baksa, Chirang, etc, attended the programme held in Guwahati. Read more here.

Rolpa: Eighth grader branded witch‚ tortured

ROLPA: Police detained 34-year-old Bir Bahadur Gharti of Dhabang, Rolpa, on the charge of inflicting mental torture on a village girl by accusing her of witchcraft. Read more here.

Nepal: A Baseline Study on Reported Cases of Elder Abuse in Nepali Press

Abuse and neglect of senior citizens is a growing concern of all societies. Proper understanding of the magnitude and characteristics of Elder Abuse is necessary for developing policies and programs to curb this social evil. This study, by the National Human Rights Commision Nepal and the Geriatric Centre Nepal,  is based on cases of elder abuse reported in the two prominent national dailies, Kantipur and Anapurna Post, in a period of July 2008 to July 2010. Such data base limits study of cases that could not draw media attention, such as emotional and psychological abuse. Blaming an old woman for witchcraft was the second most common cause for physical abuse. To read more click here

Nepal: A Study on Gender-Based Violence Conducted in Selected Rural Districts of Nepal

Violence Against Women occurs in all societies and at any stage of a woman’s lifecycle. It can even occur before a girl is born through sexselective abortion and menace women throughout their old age. Some types of VAW such as sexual violence and domestic violence, occur in all cultures, although they are more common in some than others. Girls and women in Nepal are exposed to a variety of forms of violence, many of which are suffered by women globally, and others that are seen more commonly in Nepal than elsewhere. The latter includes punishment for witchcraft (Boxi). To read more click here

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