Guwahati Today

Ignorance, lack of education haunt many in State

Semir on witch hunting

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, April 1: Does one really haunt witches? Ignorance, lack of education and lack of awareness, of course, hunt many. This is what noted social activist Dr. Birubala Rabha wanted to get across at a semir on ‘Witch Hunting –a Curse to Modern Civilization’ organized by the Rural Women Uplift Association of Assam in Guwahati on Sunday.
The semir was iugurated by Justice Ujjal Bhuyan of the Gauhati High Court. In his speech, he spotlighted the significance of implementation of Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Bill.
Social activist Dr. Birubala Rabha was facilitated with a pitol jaapi and a phulam gamosa for her enormous contribution towards elimition of witch-hunting in the State. In her speech she laid stress on awareness, education and role of the community in preventing the heinous crime.
Padma Shri Eli Ahmed, Assam Sahitya Academy recipient for her role and contribution towards women empowerment, was also felicitated.
Most of the speakers at the semir suggested passage of the Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Bill so as to help arrest the mece.