New law against Witch hunting proposed


By- Correspondent | Date- September 26, 2011

The Assam police is all for a separate law for tackling witch hunting cases of Assam, claiming that the currently existing laws are not enough to punish the culprits. In addition, the need for a separate investigation methodology was also stressed upon.

Comparing the witch hunting of Assam with the brutal and infamous Honor killings of North India, a consultation of Assam Police headed by Vice Chairman of National Law Commission KTS Tulsi and Additional Director General of Assam Police (CID) Mukesh Sahay said yesterday that having an exclusive team of investigators is a must to improve the investigation system and also to lead to fast closure of all such concerned cases.

In addition, audio-visual recording facilities for recording witness’s account, collecting samples of drugs under cases registered under the NDPS Act, making video conferencing available in jails, etc were some additional recommendations made by the Assam Police on the matter.

Mentionable that witch-hunting or witch-burning has been making headlines of all local newspapers of Assam for quite some time, every now and then which is not only disturbing but also alarming. More than 500 people have been killed and 116 official cases of witch killing have been registered since 2001 in Assam.

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