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In a first, a memorial for witchcraft victims in Odisha

KEONJHAR: Odisha DGP R P Sharma unveiled a memorial for witch-hunt sufferers at Keonjhar on Wednesday and introduced an consciousness pressure in opposition to witchcraft practice within the district. The public launch of memorial, a first-of-its-kind within the state, comes a day after a pair and their neighbour have been killed for allegedly practicing witchcraft in Rayagada district.

Keonjhar is without doubt one of the worst suffering from the witch-hunt menace with more than 50 other folks killed within the district previously 10 years. closing 12 months, the district accounted for 12 of the 18 other folks killed for sorcery across the state.

The memorial with names of sufferers etched on the granite stones, was unveiled via the DGP in presence of deputy inspector general Kavita Jalan, Keonjhar collector Ashish Thakre and SP Jay Nayaran Pankaj. On the occassion, the DGP additionally flagged off an consciousness rath and mentioned the social evil thru strong enforcement and consciousness programmes. The rath has an audio device for public announcements and publicity subject material like leaflets in Odia and copies of the Odisha Prevention of Witch hunting Act 2013 which will probably be distributed within the interior parts of the district.

Later the DGP and different officers had not unusual lunch together with girls, who have been branded as witches and later rescued via the police.

Though Odisha has made speedy strides in several spheres, witchcraft, born out of superstition still has strong roots in tribal wallet like Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Nabarangapur, Sundargarh and Rayagada districts.

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