Romania’s Senate has rejected a proposed law that would have taxed witches and fortune tellers
And the politician who pushed the plan said his colleagues caved because many of them feared being cursed.
Senator Alin Popoviciu of Romania’s ruling Democratic Liberal Party drafted
the legislation that also would have forced the country’s thousands of witches and fortune tellers to produce receipts and would have held them responsible for wrong predictions
. [Read more...]
Pastors in southeast Nigeria claim illness and poverty are caused by witches who bring terrible misfortune to those around them. And those denounced as witches must be cleansed through deliverance or cast out.
As daylight breaks, and we travel out to the rural villages it becomes apparent the most vulnerable to this stigmatization of witchcraft are children. [Read more...]
As many as 200 women are lynched every year in India after being accused of practising witchcraft
, a study by a charity has found.
Avdhash Kaushal, chairman of the Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra, said that most victims were single or widowed and were often targeted for their land or money. [Read more...]
When Pascal’s little brother got sick, his family accused him of witchcraft
and took him to a pastor who forced him to drink pigeon’s blood and oil.
Denied food and beaten for three days, the ten-year-old managed to escape, joining some 250,000 other street children in Congo for three years until he was scooped up by a children’s centre in Kinshasa’s tough east end.
UNICEF, the United Nations’ children’s charity, says accusing children of sorcery is a fairly new and growing trend in Africa, despite long-held traditional and mystic beliefs on the continent. [Read more...]
Police in Ghana have arrested
two people who allegedly battered to death a woman they accused of being a witch
. [Read more...]
A couple was murdered
in Nepal last week by their neighbours on charges of practicing witchcraft
, police have revealed. [Read more...]
Doctors at a government hospital in the city Bulawayo have given up
on treating a young woman who is suffering from a strange illness which traditional healers say is caused by a witchcraft curse
. She is now looking for help from traditional doctors or healers.
The woman from the small village of Nkwalini in Northern Matabeleland province was brought to hospital vomiting small pots, buckets, braids and plates
According to local Inyanga, a traditional healer, popularly known in Bulawayo as Gogo Matshabalala, the woman was cursed in her village. She says she can be cured if she undergoes a traditional cleansing ceremony. [Read more...]