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Issues relating to witch hunting discussed threadbare

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, April 3 - A two-day State-level seminar on �Witch hunting � a curse to modern human civilisation�, sponsored by the National Commission for Women and organised by the Rural Women Upliftment Association of Assam, concluded at the seminar hall of the College of Veterinary Science, AAU, Khanapara here recently.

The seminar was inaugurated by Justice Ujjal Bhuyan of Gauhati High Court. In his inaugural speech, he praised the organisers for holding a seminar on a social issue of grave concern. He also highlighted the significance of implementation of the Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Bill.

Social activist Dr Birubala Rabha was facilitated on the occasion for her contributions towards the society. She put emphasis on the importance of awareness, education and the role of the community in prevention of the heinous crime.

Educationist Eli Ahmed was also felicitated at the function.

SK Bordoloi, Chairman, RWUAA, delivered the keynote address. Chikimiki Talukdar, Chairperson, Assam State Women Commission and Krisna Das, Chairperson, Assam State Social Welfare Board, also addressed the gathering.

The first technical session was chaired by Dr Aloka Desai Sarma, Pro-Vice Chancellor, USTM. The deliberations on both the days were participated by educationists, social activists, police officials, persons from media and other institutions, etc.

Dr GR Bhattacharjee, Director, AMSS; Sunita Seshadri, Assistant Director, NIPCCD; and Shyamal Saikia, SP, Assam Police, delivered talks on the first day, followed by Chitralekha Baruah, Consultant, NIRDPR-NERC; Mamoni Saikia, DMP, AMSS; Dr Joola Sarma, social activist; Samudra Gupta Kashyap, senior journalist on the second day.

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