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Concern over spurt in witch-hunting

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 7 - Ruing the inordinate delay in implementation of the Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Act, social activist Dibyajyoti Saikia today expressed concern over the recent spurt in superstition-related cases in the State.

�Another incident of superstition-related killings came to light in Chalapara village of Goalpara yesterday, where a woman and a child were killed in the name of rebirth. In Majuli one Jagadish Doley, accused of practising �witch-craft� by the locals, was rescued on March 13. On the other hand, a college student Achinta Basumatary of Pub Maligaon under Kokrajhar Police Station, was killed in the name of witch hunting on April 22, which came to light many days later. Though we are holding awareness camps at our level to make people aware, the crimes organised in a planned manner, can be handled only through proper laws," said Saikia.

Though the anti-witch hunting Bill was passed in the State Assembly in August last year, its implementation is still awaited.

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