Yet another witch hunting case sends shockwave in Assam where villagers in a remote place inflicted inhuman torture on three women alleging involvement in black magic on Thursday.
The incident took place in Tinsukia district where the women were beaten up by the villagers at night holding them responsible for outbreak of liver infection of a 14 year old boy whom police on Friday rushed to the hospital.
According to police, nearly 200 villagers confined Ratani Kadha, Mala Bhumij and Gangi Urang at a house in in Kumsang tea garden on Thursday night to be beaten up mercilessly alleging witchery. The villagers left them only in the wee hours and threatened the trio to set ablaze if the boy is not cured. Kakopathar police rescued the women only on Friday morning.
Local residents told Assam Times that a tantric prepared the entire blueprint and suggested the villagers to punish the women.
14 Aug 2008 - 3:23am | editor
The Asom Gana Parishad is convening its executive body meeting on August 26 which is expected to receive the unification report being prepared by a panel of the party. Set up to finalise the process for unification of regional parties, the party asked in the panel to submit its findings by two months. Later the period for submission of the report was extended. The committee is expected to submit its unification report in this executive body meeting.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has organised a media workshop in Guwahati on June 30 for the benefit of the Northeast based working journalists.
Organized in support of Guwahati Press Club, the day long workshop will deal with the issues related to the International Humanitarian Law and also the reporting in times of violence from a conflict zone. The workshop, to be held at Hotel Blue Moon in Guwahati, will be inaugurated by Kanak Sen Deka, a senior editor of Assam. The inaugural ceremony will be graced by Yahia Alibi, Deputy Head of the Delegation, ICRC.
Nearly 30 journalists from Sikkim, Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and also Bhutan will attend the workshop, which will be addressed by Stephanie Bouaziz & Surinder Oberoi, communication coordinator, ICRC with Tahaniyat Sidiq, ICRC and Nava Thakuria, Secretary, Guwahati Press Club.