Awareness required to end witch-hunting practices in rural Odisha

Effective implementation of Odisha Prevention of Witch Hunting Act-2013 can be achieved by launching massive awareness campaigns in remote rural areas of the State, said Special DG.

Published: 06th November 2016 05:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th November 2016 05:51 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CUTTACK: Effective implementation of Odisha Prevention of Witch Hunting Act-2013 can be achieved by launching massive awareness campaigns in remote rural areas of the State, said Special DG, Crime Branch BK Sharma here on Saturday.

Inaugurating the second training programme on 'The Odisha Prevention of Witch Hunting Act-2013', Sharma said there is a provision in the Act for promoting awareness on effective implementation of the law. He stressed on spreading awareness for prevention of witch hunting in Odisha through schools, Anganwadi centres and Panchayati Raj institutions.  

The Act for prevention of witch hunting was formulated on the direction of Orissa High Court in 2013. This is the second conference where officials from all districts were invited for successful implementation of the Act, he said. Sharma said people have become more aware of the Act as the number of witch hunting cases is on a rise. State Information Commission Sashiprava Bindhani was also present.

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