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18 people accused of witch-hunting seek public amnesty

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 Feb 2018 12:00 AM GMT

From our Correspondent

HOWRAGHAT, Feb 12: It was October 15, 2014 when an intertiol woman player Debajani Borah was brutally tortured in the amghar, ostensibly by her own villagers of Serakani under Dokmoka police station in Karbi Anglong district on the suspicion of practising black magic.

But the 18 people involved in the heinous activity had profound faith in black magic and did not hesitate to commit the crime. They sought public amnesty. Altogether 18 people involved in the incident were arrested by Karbi Anglong police. The gold medal winner intertiol woman player was brutally tortured physically and mentally in the public amghar of Serakani village by the accused people.

In the end, they sought public amnesty while repenting their earlier deeds by holding a public meeting at Serakani High School premises where human rights activists, members of Brothers organization, jourlists, members of steering committee of Team An and local intellectuals were present. Two separate meetings were organized on the occasion.

Dibya Jyoti Saikia, human rights activist, member secretary of Brothers and member of steering committee of Team An, took part as chief guest in the meeting organized by Serakani village Development Committee. While addressing the meeting, Saikia said that people who committed the incident should follow the ideals of Srimanta Sankardev. Saikia appealed to all not to believe in superstition and to work for the social transformation. “The very term ‘superstition’ denotes that it is a conclusion not based on ratiol thinking and evidence, and hence has to be against human rights,” Saikia said. He urged all to work for the welfare of society.

Meanwhile, the accused persons sought forgiveness publicly. Accordingly, the victim also forgave them and appealed to them not to commit such a heinous activity in the future.

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