Witch practice (Dakin Pratha) In Adivasi communities: An Economic and social reality
Dr. Dilip Rambhau Jagtap
It is seen that many harmful practices such as voodoo, black magic, which are increasing even in these times in India which is fast becoming an economic superpower. On July 6, 2012, an incident took place which threw the 21st century people back into the Middle Ages. The Village Panchayat of Latehar village in Jharkhand State made an old couple consume excreta, on the charges of practicing voodoo. Similarly, thousands of women are stoned to death on the pretext that they are witches, they are driven out of their villages, a taboo is declared over their families. Superstition is decaying the society, and at least so far, nobody has been able to find a pesticide to completely destroy it. The practice of the Witch (Dakin) was born out of such superstition among Adivasi communities. Hundreds of Adivasi women in the Satpudas are living lives of social outcasts because they have been judged to be witches. In the entire Adivasi district of Nandurbar, incidents of social outcasting such ‘witches’ occur time and again. It is necessary to discontinue and ban these harmful practices permanently and justice is needed to be done to the stigmatized Adivasi women.
Dr. Dilip Rambhau Jagtap. Witch practice (Dakin Pratha) In Adivasi communities: An Economic and social reality. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 2, Issue 11, 2015, Pages 580-584