Imprisonment Up To 10 Years For Branding Women A Witch

Nitesh Kumar Sharma,
May 8, 2011

JAIPUR: In the recently proposed Rajasthan Women (Prevention & Protection from Atrocities) Bill, 2011, a major thrust has been given to protecting women who are tortured or killed after being branded as witches, an evil practice prevalent in many rural areas of the state.

Similar to laws in states like UP, Jharkhand and Bihar, the state department of women and child development, has proposed stringent steps against such criminals.

The bill has been welcomed by women’s rights activists who had been demanding this for some time. A divisional bench of Rajasthan High Court had on Tuesday issued notices to the state government, women’s commission of Rajasthan and director general of police (DGP) in this regard.

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