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Women have been linked with witchcraft one way or another from eons of time. Depicted and shunned in both facts and fiction from the actual hangings of the so-called witches of Salem to Arthur Miller ?s depiction in his classic The Crucibles and even now being frowned upon, killed or stoned to death in many regions across the world, women bear the brunt of jealousies, power play, manipulation of facts for financial gains and even pure racial hatred all ensconced in the wrapper of sorcery. While women are accused of witchcraft many a times for financial benefits of the accuser especially in the rural areas where ignorance becomes a triggering factor, the Scientific American states that another accusation levied on to these poor women is their existence causes the rising infant mortality rate, deaths from typhoid, cholera and malaria. In Ghana for example, many women; accused to sorcery, live in segregated camps and choose not to return to their families fearing negative reaction from the community. According to India?s National Crime Record Bureau more than 2500 were hunted, tortured or killed between 2000-2016 accused of witchcraft, but activists claim the numbers to be higher. Tara Ahluwalia, a Bhilwara-based activist (India) is working for women?s rights in Rajasthan, and supports women who have been branded witches. What is curious to know is that more than 80% of these women belong to the Dalit community and are usually widows with either no male member in the family (sons) or have no family at all. Talking about the actual procedure of accusing a woman, Tara says: ?This crime is perpetrated mostly by the ?prabhavshaali? ? dominant ? persons of the village. The women branded as witches are either killed

Women are accused of witchcraft many a times for financial benefits of the accuser especially in the rural areas where ignorance becomes a triggering factor,

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Violence Against Women Issue  

Ananke presents a special edition marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - Nov 25th, 2018.

Violence Against Women Issue  

Ananke presents a special edition marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - Nov 25th, 2018.

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