June 20, 2016
Jharkhand, a state carved out of Bihar in November 2000, has clearly emerged as the hotbed of “witch- hunting” in India. The National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) records maintain that as many as 464 women, majority of them from tribal communities, have been branded “witches” and killed in cold blood in Jharkhand between 2001 and 2014.
India has seen killings of 2290 persons, mostly women for practicing witchcraft, in the same period. Jharkhand clearly the worst affected State, accounting for more than one fifth of the victims.
While the NCRB is yet to post updated figures for the subsequent years after 2014, it is unlikely to present a better picture in Jharkhand, which has continued to witness mindless killing of women.