210 women tortured to death for witchcraft in Chhattisgarh

In the last few years around 1500 incidents and 210 deaths of women assaulted for practices of witchcraft have occurred in Chhattisgarh. Even now, 3 women wait for justice after being assaulted, paraded naked, tonsured and forced to drink urine over similar accusations 13 years ago in the Lachkhera region. Taking cognizance of these atrocities city based Dr Dinesh Mishra is fighting against black magic and superstition. He has approached the state government and plans to step up pressure demanding such cases be put on a fast-track court. He says these women are kicked out of family and village and are forced to spend life in isolation. In most cases the women die waiting for justice, so he plans to launch a campaign to fast track their cases and give them justice. According to a district court lawyer hundreds of cases go unreported that occur in remote villages while the conviction rate is very low since the introduction of the Chhattisgarh Witchcraft Atrocities (Prevention) Act 2005. Dr Mishra, an ophthalmologist, has been working on this for some 20 years in his attempt to bring science and education to the rural areas of Chhattisgarh, where most cases of witchcraft that he comes across are prompted by illnesses and diseases. Dr. Mishra also plans to take up the matter of the three accused women with the chief minister.