The Jharkhand State Women’s Commission is planning to approach the state government to hold nutrition programmes simultaneously with the awareness campaigns against withcraft to combat the superstition effectively.
"Organising the ongoing nutrition programmes side by side the awreness campaings is essential to deal with superstitions like witchcraft in rural areas. We are planning to move the state governemnt on the issue" the newly appointed Chairperson of the Commission Mahua Manjhi said.
Superstitions were attached to illness caused by malnutrition among children and innocent women were often made responsible for this by branding them as witches. This could be curbed through joint campaigns by health mission and literacy programmes, she said.
"Greed for property also leads to killing of innocent people after calling them as witches," Majhi, also a novelist in Hindi language, said.