Sorcerers molest, rape women in separate incidents in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Two cases of women being victimised to
molestation and rape by sorcerers in separate incidents have come to the fore
from Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur and Korba districts on Friday.
Korba police have lodged a case against sorcerer
Mansingh who allegedly raped a newly married woman who had gone to him for
treatment. According to police 30-year-old woman of Tendubhata village was
suffering from burning sensation in skin and went to Mansingh along with her
brother-in-law on Thursday.
Woman’s statement to police said that Mansingh who was
known in the place for his treatment for quite some time took her inside a room
on pretext of treatment and attempted rape on her. When she resisted and tried
to shout, he stuffed her mouth with cloth and forced himself upon her
threatening her of dire consequences.
The woman later narrated the incident to the family
after which a report was lodged at police station. Mansingh was at large,
People in remote areas of Chhattisgarh are highly
superstitious and depend on local traditional healers (baiga) and sorcerer for
treatment of health ailments. Instead of approaching doctors they go to sorcerers
and get exploited financially and physically quite frequently.
In a similar incident at Gurella region near Pendra
Road at Bilaspur district, a 70-year-old sorcerer was arrested for allegedly
molesting a woman on pretext of treating her, who had approached him due to
some health ailment.
The 26-year-old woman was suffering from ailment since
many days and she was compelled by family to meet Lalita Prasad Ojha, a
sorcerer for treatment.
He too took her in a separate room where he tried to
molest her. When the woman objected he clarified that it was a part of
treatment and he continued terrifying her of ghosts and spirits if she didn’t
Later, when the woman couldn’t beat it anymore, she
ran out of the room and reported the matter to police soon after which the sorcerer
was arrested under atrocities Act.