Dalit women in Rajasthan are being hunted by ‘bhopa’ sorcerers, who exploit superstitions on health
When a 75-year-old woman, labelled a witch by an influential Jat family and locked up in her own home was rescued by a team from the administration in August, the ugly face of medieval-style witch-hunting was revealed in the Mewar region of Rajasthan. The incident at Bholi village in Bhilwara district is not an isolated one.
Sunita Devi (name changed), who spent 18 days in a room measuring 10 ft x 10 ft without a window, was held responsible for the illness of a school-going girl from a Jat home. A ‘bhopa’ (exorcist) told the family that Sunita was a witch, and Jats responded by attacking her modest house – the only one belonging to the backward Nai community in the village – and thrashing her husband and sons.
In another instance, Lakshmi Bai (name changed), 65, has been forced to live in Bhilwara for 12 years after being driven out of her native Dariba village on the suspicion of being a witch. Living with her husband as a social outcast, she attended the caste panchayat five times pleading that the odious tag be removed, but to no avail. Sunita Devi and Lakshmi Bai came to Jaipur this week to narrate their sufferings to State Women’s Commission chairperson Suman Sharma, after the occult practices of ‘bhopas’ were exposed in a sting operation led by social activist Tara Ahluwalia. Hundreds of ‘bhopas’ have gone into hiding in Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand and Udaipur since their torture of innocent women came to light.
The Cobb County Genealogy Society will have its monthly meeting on Oct. 24 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church St. in Marietta.
The program will be Exploring the Salem Witch Trials. The trials, synonymous with paranoia and injustice, will be presented by Candy Parrow whose ancestor was accused of witchcraft. The trials took place in colonial Massachusetts during a two-year period from 1692 to 1693. Parrow will set the stage for how the witch panic started and the possible reasons for it.
A New York pastor dismissed the vandalism attack that hit his church last week as just “paint on the walls [and] no one got hurt,” but it still spelled trouble for the Christian community and the police.
Awww… The little kiddies and wanna-be satanists are out and got hold of spray paint. Just check the local Halloween costume shop.
A man who whipped and prostituted two teenage girls has been freed to live in the community without supervision for the first time in almost 20 years.
The court previously heard that Fletcher still believes that his crimes related to his “Wiccan” religious beliefs, but says he now recognises such behaviour is illegal.
I believe he should have known from the beginning this was not Wiccan or Pagan behavior as the Rule of Three would have had him dealt with.
The Wilmington City Council will start its meetings with a new prayer written by a Pagan artist
Atheists cause less scandal then Christians who talk one way and act another, Pope Francis said.
A Maine pagan priest won the right to wear goat horns in a state-issued identification card on Dec. 14, months after the Bureau of Motor Vehicles told him to remove them for an ID photo.
The political divide is even splintering Spokane’s witches
They cast spells and they cast ballots. In Indianapolis, they hexed Donald Trump, taking to Instagram with grainy photos of Beelzebub. In New England, Vermont’s Feminists Against Trump — a group of college professors — cast spells of love to “destroy the Great Orange One.”
Guwahati, Jan 27 (PTI) Assamese feature film “Aei Maatite” based on witch hunting has received clearance from the Censor Board without any cut or modification.
“Aei Maatite” is directed by independent filmmaker and eminent theatre personality Sitanath Lahkar and is an adaptation of his well-known stage play “Tamasaa” which revolves around the burning problem of witch hunting in the state.
” After reviewing the film for certification, the Censor Board members lauded the making of the action drama film which cinematically showcases some of the inhuman killings in the name of witch hunting,” Lahkar said in a statement.
Manx National Heritage is delighted to welcome the return of enigmatic historian Professor Ronald Hutton, who will be presenting a public lecture on, ‘Folklore, History and Paganism’, at the Manx Museum on Friday 27th January 2017.
Professor Hutton is a leading authority on the history of the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, on ancient and medieval paganism and magic, and on the global context of witchcraft beliefs.