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Women panel�s move to check witch-hunting

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 19 � Police personnel in 14 select districts of the State, which have reported incidents of witch-hunting, will be sensitized on intervention and prevention of witch-hunting under a project of the Assam State Commission for Women.

As a step towards that direction, the Commission on Friday organized a sensitization programme for police personnel in the capital city which was attended by police officials from these select districts.

Chairperson of the Commission Meera Barooah, while welcoming the participants to the programme, said that police personnel have an important role in prevention of witch-hunting as this menace is nothing but an organized killing of vulnerable individuals.

Expressing concern over the increase in the number of killings in the name of witch-hunting, Barooah pointed out that the prime motive behind this kind of killing is to grab the property of the weaker section of the society � mostly widows, the aged and the lonely.

�Witch-hunting is a menace to the society and must be eliminated at the earliest. The police must ensure security to the vulnerable section who is targeted by the unscrupulous,� said Barooah emphasizing that the police should immediately register the cases of the victims.

It needs to be mentioned here that the Commission has been repeatedly urging the police personnel to be prompt in registering the cases of the victims which is yet to be honoured by the police stations. Most often the police personnel are found reluctant to register such cases inviting anger from various civil and human rights groups working for prevention of witch-hunting.

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Women panel�s move to check witch-hunting

GUWAHATI, July 19 � Police personnel in 14 select districts of the State, which have reported incidents of witch-hunting, will be sensitized on intervention and prevention of witch-hunting under a project of the Assam State Commission for Women.

As a step towards that direction, the Commission on Friday organized a sensitization programme for police personnel in the capital city which was attended by police officials from these select districts.

Chairperson of the Commission Meera Barooah, while welcoming the participants to the programme, said that police personnel have an important role in prevention of witch-hunting as this menace is nothing but an organized killing of vulnerable individuals.

Expressing concern over the increase in the number of killings in the name of witch-hunting, Barooah pointed out that the prime motive behind this kind of killing is to grab the property of the weaker section of the society � mostly widows, the aged and the lonely.

�Witch-hunting is a menace to the society and must be eliminated at the earliest. The police must ensure security to the vulnerable section who is targeted by the unscrupulous,� said Barooah emphasizing that the police should immediately register the cases of the victims.

It needs to be mentioned here that the Commission has been repeatedly urging the police personnel to be prompt in registering the cases of the victims which is yet to be honoured by the police stations. Most often the police personnel are found reluctant to register such cases inviting anger from various civil and human rights groups working for prevention of witch-hunting.

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