India: Assam police officer campaigns against a social evil

Determined to end a social evil that still haunts rural and backward areas of Assam, a police officer’s initiative and perseverance has resulted in raising awareness about the scourge of witchcraft that is often used bizarrely to settle personal scores and land disputes in villages.

With some 100 cases registered in the past five years due to the initiative called Project Prahari (guard), the “deterrence factor” may have resulted in increased vigilance but actual arrest of the culprits have been few due to the absence of witnesses, the prime mover behind the project said.

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