Orissa High Court pushes for central law to control witch-hunt – The New Indian Express

Through Express news service

CUP: Orissa’s High Court has ruled that various state-level laws have failed to control witch-hunting in the country due to the lack of a central law.

The practice of witchcraft and witchcraft continues to be prevalent in several states as the lack of central legislation has resulted in a lack of uniformity in law enforcement across the country. The provisions of the IPC, while applicable to the crime associated with the threat, have not proven effective in deterring these criminals, the HC said while rejecting the bail requests of two people accused of witch hunts. and murder of a woman on Monday.

Judge SK Panigrahi said that the enactment of several state-level laws to end witchcraft and witchcraft in recent times indicates that society is surprisingly still plagued by such a stupid and absurd practice.

“The pattern of perpetrators, which the laws seek to curb, it seems, has many similarities and the uneducated and economically weaker sections end up being their easy targets. The need to sensitize these sensitive groups of people is therefore gaining importance and the authorities concerned may need to take effective measures, in this regard, to dispense with these primitive beliefs and mentalities, which defy logic, ”said Judge Panigrahi.

The judgment says witch hunts are still prevalent in Jharkhand, Bihar, Haryana, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Rajasthan and UP and according to NCRB records, more than 2,500 victims were tortured and killed. in witch hunts between 2000 and 2016.

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