Tinsukia: A couple was allegedly severely thrashed by local residents of Bishnupur village in Assam’s Tinsukia district on suspicion of practising witchcraft. The incident took place under Doomdooma Police Station on July 20th, 2019.
The couple has lodged an FIR at Doomdooma Police Station. Speaking to media persons, the husband said that the villagers accused the couple of practising witchcraft after a child fell sick in the village.
“The villagers blamed us for the child’s illness. They attacked us brutally but fortunately, someone intimated the police on time and we narrowly escaped death,” said the husband. No arrest has been made till the filing of this report.
It may be mentioned, attacks or killings related to suspicion of witchcraft are continuing in the state despite the promulgation of the Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Act, 2015.
Under the Act, a person can be imprisoned up to seven years, and also has to pay a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh, for branding someone as a witch.
A total of 133 cases of witch-hunting have been registered across the state since 2001, Assam Social Welfare Minister Pramila Rani Brahma had old the Assam Assembly on February 1st, 2019.
Brahma further mentioned that witch-hunting is rampant across 17 districts of the state, with Kokrajhar leading the tally with 45 deaths, followed by Chirang with 24 deaths and Goalpara with 17 deaths.