Addressing the problem of superstition

After three women suspected of practising witchcraft were murdered by the tribal population of Dubrajpur village, the administration tried to address the problem of superstition by organising a conference

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Puja Bhattacharjee | January 16, 2013



To address problems that arise out of superstition, a conference was organised in the Moupal high school in gram panchayat number 8. This action came after three women suspected of practising witchcraft, were murdered by the tribal population of Dubrajpur village some days ago.

The meeting was presided over by the sub divisional officer (SDO), block development officer (BDO), the panchayat pradhan and local TMC representative. The event was organised to dispel various myths prevalent in the tribal families. High school students also attended the conference as the administration thinks it is necessary to enlighten young minds. The BDO squarely said that crime related to superstition will not be tolerated.

Leaflets were distributed listing the negative aspects of superstition and astrology. The administration tried its best to address a very pertinent issue here. Although a good number of students attended the conference, but most of them seemed distracted. Some were even trying to leave the venue and went back to their seats when the headmaster scolded them. It was a sincere effort on part of the administration. I hope the message hits home.
 

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