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Tag: Superstition

Hot iron branding kills 9 month old baby in Odisha
Hot iron branding kills 9 month old baby in Odisha

According to a report, Rupesh was detected with fever apart from cold and cough a few days ago. 

Elderly woman stoned to death over ‘witchcraft’ suspicion in Odisha 
Elderly woman stoned to death over ‘witchcraft’ suspicion in Odisha 

The family members spotted her blood-soaked body and immediately informed the police about the incident. 

Witch Hunting
Odisha Woman Kept Under House Arrest Over Suspicion Of Practicing 'Black Magic'

In a shocking incident, a woman was allegedly kept under house arrest by residents of Chemachata village under Kuldiha wildlife sanctuary in Balasore, over suspicions of practicing black magic.

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Odisha: 1 Killed, 2 Injured After Being Thrashed Over Suspicion Of Practicing Witchcraft

In a suspected case of witch hunt in Rameyapalli village under Sriramchandrapur Panchayat in Ganjam district, at least one person was killed and two others sustained grievous injuries allegedly after being thrashed by locals on suspicion of practicing witchcraft.

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Superstition rules roost in Odisha
Forced Out Of Village, Family In Odisha Takes Shelter Under Culvert

Balasore: The pain that goes parallel with superstition and inhumanity has again reared its ugly head in the State, this time from a village in Balasore, where three members of a family were meted out physical torture and forced to leave their home allegedly on the charges of practising sorcery. This shocking incident reported from […]

Priests Walk Over Women In Chhattisgarh
Priests Walk Over Women To 'Bless Them With Children', Watch Bizarre Ritual In Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh: At times, blind faith in superstitious practices contradict modern science so much so that logical theories developed to counter prevailing false beliefs and generate a scientific curiosity among people go for a complete toss. Uncanny as it may sound, last Saturday at the Dhamtari district in Chhattisgarh hundreds of married women yearning to conceive […]

Superstition Still Rules Roost: Odisha Villagers Use Table To Identify Thief

Bhadrak: At a time when humans have made huge leaps into the digital age, reports of superstitious practices still continue to surface from many parts of Odisha putting rationalists at a loss of words. In one such incident, residents of Asura village of Bhadrak district decided to resort to a primitive ritual of using a […]

Toddler 'Forced' To Marry Dog To Ward Off Bad Luck In Odisha

Baripada: Science and superstition continue to go hand-in-hand in most part of the country. A case in point is a recent report from Mayurbhanj district in Odisha where a toddler was reportedly ‘forced’ to marry a dog to ward off bad luck. While many call it superstition, people of the tribal ‘Ho’ community cry tradition. […]

Missing Minor Girl From Bolangir A Victim Of Human Sacrifice, Police Reveal She Was Killed By Own Brother

Bolangir: Despite the fact that government has laws to punish people involved in evil practices, interior areas of the State continue to remain in the grip of superstition. A 12-year-old girl, who went missing from Sindhekela of Bolangir district last month on 24th, was allegedly sacrificed by her own brother. Such a shocking revelation was […]

'Spiritual Possession' Of Odisha MLA During Samba Dashami Rituals Raises Eyebrows

Angul: At a time when the Odisha government is encouraging use of technology through 5T model of governance to spur development, video of a ruling party MLA found to be “spiritually possessed” during Samba Dashami celebrations has raised questions. The incident took place at Ambasarmunda village of Angul district where Athmallick MLA Ravi Sai was […]

Rationalists Vs Myth: Odisha's Nayagarh Kid has the 'other' touch, not the Midas' golden touch!

Nayagarh: The myth of King Midas golden touch is well known. But in Odisha’s Nayagarh, a myth doing rounds is a Class VII boy has developed a touch of the other kind – whatever objects he touches they get smeared with human excreta. The situation has turned so worrying that the minor boy was abandoned […]

Man Beaten To Death On Suspicion Of Practising Witchcraft In Malkangiri

Malkangiri: Superstition can be fatal. It was yet again proved in Malkangiri where a man was allegedly murdered on suspicion of practising witchcraft by a kangaroo court set up by the villagers. The deceased, identified as one Irma Kartami of Itaguda village under Kalimela Police limits of the district was reportedly beaten to death after […]

Woman Killed, Couple Ostracised Over Suspicion Of Witchcraft In Odisha

Nayagarh: Superstition continues to rule the roost in Odisha with three reported cases of witchcraft practices claiming life of one person and ostracizing a couple in different incidents. A report of gross superstition has come from Bangiriposhi block under Mayurbhanj district where a couple was ostracized from their own village by their relatives over suspicion […]

Odisha Collector Announces Rs 50,000 Reward For Proof That Ghost Exists

Berhampur: In a bid to create awareness among residents of Ganjam district and dispel witchcraft and superstitious practices, district collector Vijay Amruta Kulange today announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for anyone who can prove the existence of ghosts. “If anyone can prove existence of ghosts or justify superstitious practices, I will reward that person […]

Witchcraft? Odisha Girl Found Inside Box With Multiple Bite Marks Dies

Sundergarh: Tension run high at Ghumuda village under Dharuadihi police limits of Sundergarh district following the death of a four-year-old girl who was missing since yesterday. The minor girl, identified as Poonam Sa, was reportedly playing in front her house yesterday morning when she suddenly went missing. Though her family members searched for her in […]

Villagers Take Help Of Quacks To Cure Chicken Pox In Nabarangpur

Nabarangpur: Despite modernisation, superstition continues to prevail in many Odisha villages. The latest incident has been reported from Hatibari village under Majhiguda block in Papadahandi panchayat of Nabarangpur district. Recently, as many as 17 persons of Hatibari were found suffering from chicken pox but instead of going to hospitals, many of them sought treatment from […]

Women, Minor Girls continue to fall prey to superstitious beliefs in Nuapada

Nuapada: Instances of some women and minor girls showing weird behaviour in a village in Nuapada district have come to the fore raising concern among the public. According to sources, around six to seven girls and women of Sanajohela village under Khariar block of the district have reportedly been showing unusual behaviour like rolling on […]

Odisha Man Killled For 'Practicing Sorcery'

Malkangiri: Superstition prevailed over rational thinking leading to the tragic loss of man’s life in the village of Orelguda under Poteru Police Outpost limits in Malkangiri District. In the shocking incident, a man suspected of practicing black magic was allegedly beaten to death in the village. As per sources, one Deba Banjami of Orelguda village […]

Op-Ed: Only Change Of Mindset Can Guarantee The End Of Superstition

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The spine chilling murder in a Keonjhar village of a 60-year-old tribal woman and her relative, both suspected to be practising sorcery, serves as a cruel reminder of how superstition continues to grip the minds of people even in 21st century Odisha. While most such incidents are reported from tribal-dominated areas […]

2 More Snake-Bitten Persons Die In Odisha As Superstition Remains First Resort

Berhampur: Hours after OTV telecast a report on how snake bite deaths are rising in Odisha because people continue to follow superstitions rather than medical advice; two more deaths corroborate how people continue to fall prey to superstitious practices. One Siva Patra of Buguda area in Ganjam district was bitten by a poisonous snake yesterday. […]

Op-Ed: Step Up The War Against Superstition

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The bizarre spectacle of a black magician trying to revive a dead woman, a victim of snakebite, near the morgue of Padampur sub-divisional headquarters hospital in Bargarh district on Sunday, once again proves that despite the spread of education superstition continues to rule roost in the rural areas of the state. […]

Tantrik makes vain attempts to resurrect dead woman in Bargarh

Bargarh: In yet another instance of blind faith, a family in Bargarh district sought the help of a tantrik to revive a dead woman. As per reports, the family members of one Saptashila Bhoi had rushed her to the hospital suspecting that she was bitten by a venomous snake on Saturday. However, she was declared […]

Four-year-old girl raped in Baripada; 3 youths detained

Mayurbhanj: A 4-year-old minor girl was allegedly raped in Baripada and the matter came to light after a complaint was lodged at Badasahi Police Station today. The girl has been admitted to Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital while cops have detained 3 youths in connection with the case and have started interrogation. “An investigation […]

56 infants branded with hot iron in Keonjhar

Keonjhar: Firmly in the clutches of age -old superstitions, some people still follow practices which are not only hazardous but also are seemingly obstinate to eradicate. In an attempt to cure ailments, infants in many parts of Odisha are still subjected to the torture of being branded with hot iron rods. In one such incident […]

Keonjhar witch craft murder
Man killed over witchcraft in Odisha

Keonjhar: Despite rigorous campaigns, brutal killings over superstition and blind beliefs continue unabated in rural parts of Odisha. In one such incident, a youth was allegedly beaten to death over suspicion of practising witchcraft at Pidhapokhari village under Bamebari police limits of Keonjhar district. The deceased identified as Sudam Munda was beaten to death by […]

Op-Ed: Faith Versus Scientific Spirit

Does faith have a place in a modern, science-driven society? Does science have answers to all the questions that confront man? When does faith degenerate into superstition? And where does one draw the line between the two? And on what basis? All these questions – and many more – gnawed at this columnist’s mind while […]

Man killed, body burnt over superstitious belief

Kandhamal: A man was beaten to death and his body set on fire allegedly over suspicion of practising witchcraft at Badabanga village under Daringbadi police limits in Kandhamal district. The deceased has been identified as Subhas Chandra Majhi. The matter came to light after the wife of the deceased Subhasini lodged a complaint with the […]

Minor girl beaten with stick over superstition

Balasore: Superstition continues its grip on the State as a minor girl was beaten in the middle of the road with a stick by a sorcerer in presence of her family members and locals in Jaipur village under Nilagiri police limits here on Thursday. According to reports, the health condition of the girl continued to […]

Superstitions led expectant mother to bleed for hours before being rescued

Rayagada: Superstition and inhumanity touched heights after family members of an expectant mother denied to touch her, leave alone carry her to the hospital in Kalyansinghpur late on Friday night. The incident reported from Singhamuhi village under Karapa Panchayat took place when the woman complained of labour pain yesterday. Soon, an Asha worker reached and […]

Blind faith: Girl living as recluse in forest draws huge crowd

Nabarangpur: In a glaring example of blind faith, a teenage girl who is living as a recluse inside a forest in Nabarangpur for reasons unknown is drawing large number of people who believe her to be possessed by some divine spirit. Dali Mahali, 15-year old daughter of Jagat Mahali of Dhanasuli village in Tumbarla Panchayat […]

Superstitions rule roost: women branded witches, roughed up  

Nabarangpur: Blind faith on superstitious practices went awry as three women who were asked to perform puja for well being of some ailing villagers were later branded witches and beaten up on suspicion of practising witchcraft. Such an incident was reported from Sindhiguda village under Papadahandi police limits today. As per information, locals of the […]

Hot iron branding: 11 cases in 2 months in Keonjhar!

Keonjhar: In yet another display of superstition-based inhuman behaviour in the rural areas, a five-year-old boy was branded with hot iron by family members to cure stomach ailments here in the district on Friday. This is 11th case reported in a span of two months. According to sources, the incident occurred in Kundurupanu village under […]

7-year-old branded with hot iron again in Keonjhar

Keonjhar: At a time when medical science has transcended barriers, age old superstitions seem to have held ground in the rural areas of the state as far as healthcare is concerned. A 7-year-old being branded with hot iron in Keonjhar today corroborates the fact. The infant from Phuljhara village under Banspal block here was branded […]

Another infant branded with hot iron in Keonjhar

Keonjhar: Superstition continues to rule the roost in the district as another 15-day-old infant was branded with hot iron to cure his stomach ailment in Talabaruda village under Bansapal block here. Injured, the baby was admitted to district headquarters hospital. The baby’s condition is showing signs of improvement after treatment, hospital sources said. The grandmother […]

Superstition continues in Keonjhar; 10-year-old girl branded with hot iron

Keonjhar: In a fresh incident of hot iron branding, a minor girl was subjected to torture by her family members to cure ‘stomach ailments’ in Keonjhar district. According to reports, the 10-year-old girl of Reba village under Bansapala block in the district was branded with hot iron rod by her family members five days back. The […]

Snake fed with milk
Superstition turns big business, drives people to pay & feed snakes

Nayagarh: As a rampant practice, gullible people in Nayagarh are being persuaded by middlemen to feed milk to Indian Cobras for blessings of Lord Shiva. Such has been the extent of craze,  people don’t mind paying anything between Rs 200 and Rs 1000 to appease Lord Shiva through a snake. As news of such practice […]