NEW DELHI-: Even as Chhattisgarh witnessed around 1,500 incidents and 210 deaths of women assaulted for practices witchcraft in last couple of years, three women wait for justice after suffering assault, paraded naked, tonsured
and forced to consume urine over similar accusations 13 years ago at Gariyaband’s Lachkhera region.
The women Teerath Bai, Shyama and Bisahin Bai had hit national headlines in October 2001 after they underwent torture by more than 20 persons and sustained grievous injuries.
A case was registered against 20 persons then of whom two are already dead, while the three women still await justice, the women who were in state capital said. They narrated the story about how they were forced to hold live electric wire to prove they were not ‘witches’ and were dragged by hair on streets before tonsuring them.
Taking cognizance of atrocities, a city based doctor fighting against blackmagic and superstition has approached state government and plans to step up pressure demanding to put such cases in fast-track court. “Humiliation for these women doesn’t end with lodging an FIR, they are kicked out of family and village, forced to spend life in isolation. In most cases, the women die waiting for justice or see the accused die his own death. I will launch a campaign to get these cases to fast-track courts so the pained women get justice in time,” Dr Dinesh Mishra of Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti — an NGO said.
He added that he has approached related government departments and would take the matter to chief minister as life was too harsh on the three poor women.