June 30, 2015 10:22:55 pm
The Chhota Udepur police has launched a manhunt for a tantrik from the district’s tribal areas, after an 80 year old woman was murdered in a case of witch hunting in a remote tribal village of Bhorda on Sunday. The victim, Dholki Rathwa, was killed by a villager Karamsinh Bhil, who held the woman responsible for the death of his wife.
According to the police, Karamsinh murdered Dholki, a widow who lived alone in the village, after a local tantrik instigated him to believe that she was the bad omen that led to the death of his wife. Jaipal Rathod, Superintendent of Police, Chhota Udepur said, “The incident occurred in this village Bhorda, which is very remote and the locals believe their local tantriks like the word of God. We are searching for the tantrik in order to set an example for other areas that are susceptible to similar beliefs.” Rathod said Karamsinh was arrested on Monday by the Ranpur police.
This is the second incident of witch hunting in the district since May, prompting the district police to initiate an awareness program to urge tribal people to shun their superstition regarding ‘witches’. Rathod said earlier in May, the Chhota Udepur police had registered a similar case of witch-hunting, in which a tantrik has been identified. “We have learnt that a tantrik had instigated the accused in the May case of witch hunting. He is believed to be a tantrik located in a village in Dahod and we are tracing him. The problem with tribal people is that they do not reveal information about their local tantriks. We are beginning awareness programs through our community policing scheme, by which, we are visiting villages, especially near the MP border, where this problem persists. We will be counseling the village heads and scrutinizing the pockets where these superstitions exists.”
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