JORHAT, Jan 8 � In order to intensify the campaign against the practice of occult and witch hunting in Majuli, members from various local organisations, communities and activists from the Uttar Kamalabari Satra decided on Tuesday to launch an extensive awareness programme in every vulnerable area of the river island from February 15 this year.
In a meeting held at the Uttar Kamalabari Satra, representatives from several villages, NGOs and officials from the district administration expressed their opinion on implementing their �effective plans� across the river island to eradicate the deep-rooted beliefs of occult practices in certain areas where modern day education and proper health care facilities are still a far cry.
�We are planning to visit every village in Majuli after February 15. It will be a joint effort,� said Satradhikar Janardan Dev Goswami of Uttar Kamalabari Satra. He said that the district administration has given an assurance of providing a helpline number for information on any incident related to witch hunting in Majuli. The name and address of the informer will be kept confidential so that nobody gets targeted by the wrongdoers.
In an effort to launch the campaign more effectively, the campaigners, including government officials, have decided to screen Assamese feature film Jangfai Jonak in the vulnerable areas. �In the meeting, organised by the Samannay Sishu Bikash Kendra of Uttar Kamalabari Satra, we have screened the film. This film will definitely help us to fight the menace,� said an administrative officer in Majuli.