While Asia is ravaged by an increasing number of rape attacks against women, another lesser-known, yet equally brutal form of violence has recently emerged.
Every year, hundreds of Indian women are branded as witches, scapegoats for random events like a bad harvest or a mortal disease in a village. Beaten and disowned by their own neighbours, families and friends, those who survive this terrible ordeal are kicked away from their houses and forced to spend the rest of their life as social outcasts.
Once a phenomenon typical of the tribal countryside, witch hunts are now becoming more and more common in big cities alike. Far from being just a product of a backward society, witchcraft accusations are often used by men as an excuse to grab properties and money out of women's hands.
Journalist Matteo Fagotto
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