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Friday, September 09, 2005

'Witch' killed by Indian villagers

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A tribal farmer was killed in Assam for allegedly practising witchcraft, taking the toll in such incidents in the region to 55 in the past four months, officials on Friday said. A police official said a mob of about 20 people killed a middle-aged Bodo tribal man on Thursday in the western district of Kokrajhar, 220 km from Assam's main city of Guwahati. [...] "It is shocking that even in this age you find about 200 people killed each year, inspired by superstitions. The primitive practice of so-called witchcraft is common among the tribal people and is a cause of concern," Kokrajhar district magistrate Hemanga Kishore Sharma said.
It's easy to forget that India is not a homogeneous society - there are many small pockets of ethnic/linguistic groups who practice varying mixes of animistic shamanism and Hinduism, particularly the closer one gets to the border with Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma), Bhutan, and the Indian province of Nagaland.


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