Open J Psychiatry Allied Sci. 2018;9:85-7. doi: 10.5958/2394-2061.2018.00033.2. Epub 2018 Mar 19.

Witch hunting in Jharkhand: does mental health has any business on it?

Sahu KK.


Witchcraft or witchery is practiced since long across the globe which is often present within societies and groups whose cultural framework includes a magical worldview. Witch hunting is a matter of great concern in which the victim who is labelled as a witch is subjected to torments. This editorial attempted to depict this issue with special reference to the Jharkhand state of India. Some of the areas covered are the regional terminology, historical evidences of practices, current efforts to deal with it, and finally, possibility of mental health aspect of it.


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