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Govt move on witch hunting Bill hailed

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GUWAHATI, April 14 � Social organisation Brothers have hailed the State government�s decision to table the Anti-Witch Hunting Bill in the State Assembly during the monsoon session.

The organization, which has been fighting for a strict law to deal with the social menace, said that this would fulfil the longstanding demand of the people to eleminate superstitions.

It also expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the Gauhati High Court, which sought action from the government authorities for eradication of the social evil.

�The superstition has already done much damage to the people as well as the image of the State. We have been asking the State government to enact a stringent law with proper provision of penalty and punishment for those who promote, popularise or follow such practices due to superstition or due to their vested interests. Steps are also required for protecting, counselling and rehabilitating the victims of witch-hunting and also those who are vulnerable to such superstitious practices.

�Moreover, medical treatment should also be made available to the people who are attacked or are made to suffer due to such superstitious beliefs,� said Dibyajyoti Saikia, secretary general of Brothers.

�The draft Bill contains most of the suggestions given by the organisations fighting against witch-hunting. Quick enactment and a strict implementation of the law in the remotest corners of the State are now desired so that people are benefited by this legislation,� he added.

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Govt move on witch hunting Bill hailed

GUWAHATI, April 14 � Social organisation Brothers have hailed the State government�s decision to table the Anti-Witch Hunting Bill in the State Assembly during the monsoon session.

The organization, which has been fighting for a strict law to deal with the social menace, said that this would fulfil the longstanding demand of the people to eleminate superstitions.

It also expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the Gauhati High Court, which sought action from the government authorities for eradication of the social evil.

�The superstition has already done much damage to the people as well as the image of the State. We have been asking the State government to enact a stringent law with proper provision of penalty and punishment for those who promote, popularise or follow such practices due to superstition or due to their vested interests. Steps are also required for protecting, counselling and rehabilitating the victims of witch-hunting and also those who are vulnerable to such superstitious practices.

�Moreover, medical treatment should also be made available to the people who are attacked or are made to suffer due to such superstitious beliefs,� said Dibyajyoti Saikia, secretary general of Brothers.

�The draft Bill contains most of the suggestions given by the organisations fighting against witch-hunting. Quick enactment and a strict implementation of the law in the remotest corners of the State are now desired so that people are benefited by this legislation,� he added.