26 January, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 08/22/2013
NEPAL-INDIA
Nepal, anti-witchcraft activists 'terrified' after murder of Narendra Dabholkar
by Kalpit Parajuli
The murder of the Indian, who fought against black magic, leads activists to fear for their safety. In Nepal fake witchcraft is widespread and targets mainly the elderly and widows. In August, five women forced to drink urine and ingest human feces.

Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - Fear and terror is rife among Nepalese activists fighting against the false practice of witchcraft and black magic, after the assassination of Indian Narendra Dabholkar. The man was murdered on August 20 for always having criticized this kind of superstition. After his death, the Maharashtra yesterday approved an anti-black magic law, the first in India.

In Nepal, the issue is very sensitive, because some practices and superstitions belonging to the Hindu tradition are still widespread, affecting mostly women - usually elderly or single - of the most vulnerable ethnic or social groups. According to local NGOs, in August at least five women were accused of witchcraft and forced to drink urine and ingest human feces.

Dr. Renu Rajbhandari, human rights activist, told AsiaNews that only a few cases come to light, but still hundreds of women are killed on fake charges of witchcraft and magical practices. "Hinduism - he said - has subjugated women in societies dominated by this religion, like Nepal. And many elderly are even burned alive over a charge of witchcraft."

Govinda Tolon, an expert in Hindu culture and newly elected director of the Pashupatinath Temple, admits a certain weakness of this religion: "Some groups in Nepal continue to practice Hinduism in the wrong way, because of their own ignorance. Similar gestures are rooted there and will take time to erradicate. But real Hinduism is opposed to all kinds of false magical practices. "

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
02/20/2012 NEPAL
Nepali widow burned alive, accused of witchcraft
by Kalpit Parajuli
08/21/2013 INDIA
Maharashtra government banning black magic
03/21/2009 VATICAN - ANGOLA
Pope: let us remember Saint Paul, "woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!"
07/24/2013 NEPAL
Two Nepalese women accused of witchcraft and tortured in a Buddhist monastery
by Kalpit Parajuli
05/28/2010 INDIA
Train derailed in West Bengal: At least 65 dead. Maoists suspected
by Nirmala Carvalho

Editor's choices
IRAQ
The children of Mosul and the future: the "five-star" refugee camp
by Bernardo CervelleraIn the garden of the parish of Mar Elia beside the tents there are containers that serve as classrooms for the children and as a library. Another serves as a room for sewing. A children's choir. Fr. Douglas: "Taking care of refugees does not just mean thinking about eating, drinking, medicines, injections, vaccinations ... The displaced persons need to do something and to cultivate hope."
IRAQ
Way of the Cross: the refugees from Mosul beyond the emergency
by Bernardo CervelleraThere are at least half a million people who have taken refuge in Kurdistan to flee from ISIS. In the Shlama Mall at Erbil: 350 people living in the skeleton of a building under construction, with draped sheets and blankets serving as walls. The ordination of a young man, also a refugee, shows that with the flight, there is something that has not been destroyed: the faith, the traditions, the priesthood.
IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.