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WITCH HUNTING PRACTICES: CULTURE, SUPERSTITION AND INJUSTICE SURROUNDING THE BODOS OF KOKRAJHAR DISTRICT OF ASSAM  

*FURZEE KASHYAP
RESEARCH SCHOLAR, DIBRUGARH UNIVERSITY

 

**JYOTI PRASAD SAIKIA
PROFESSOR, DIBRUGARH UNIVERSITY

 

 

Abstract

This study tries to explore the injustice faced by the victims of the cruel witch hunting practices in Kokrajhar district of Assam by analysing the factors responsible for the practice of this form of violence. The victims are severely punished or thrown out of the villages they inhibit after they are labelled as withes- named in local parlance as ‘daina’/ ‘daini’. A survey was conducted in selected villages of Kokrajhar district significantly dominated by the Bodos. The innocent women are the most silent victims of the crudest form of gender bias and superstition which still persist strongly in the region.

Keywords:

Witch Hunting, superstition, gendered violence, injustice

journal of english

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