BHUBANESWAR: The enactment of Odisha Prevention of Witch Hunting Act, 2013 has failed to prevent harassment and torture of persons on the suspicion of practising sorcery.
In one such case, residents of S B Jagdebpur under Jarada police station limits in Patrapur block of Ganjam district on Thursday thrashed two follow men black and blue and knocked out their teeth, before forcing them to eat human excreta, reports reaching here on Friday said.
The villagers suspected that the victims — Basudeb Nayak and Banchha Nayak were practicing sorcery and through their witchcraft they had caused the death of two children of a family in the village a few days ago.
Basudeb and Banchha are so much panicked that did not lodge a complaint with the local police. They did not even turn up before inspector Sujit Kumar Nayak who on his own visited S B Jagdebpur to record their complaint.