Borogora village in District Purulia of West Bengal. Last week, a 9 year old girl Sumitra Hansda was mentally tortured after being accused as witch by the villagers. Sabujmoni, mother of Sumitra left the village and took a safe shelter. She told us villagers are demanding 1 lakh rupee as a fine. She also told us, villagers threatened her if she does not pay, she will de-head. A few months ago, Sabujmoni’s mother in law Tusumoni was also tortured by the villagers as a witch and the family was fined Rupees 50000. The poverty stricken family was forced to pay the money by selling the domestic cattle like buffalos, goats. Now, sabujmoni have decided not to pay the money demanded by the villagers again. They have decided to fight against the judgment of villagers.
The members of our organisation "Science and Rationalists Association of India" tried to convince the villagers. We met local poice station and create the pressure on administration to take a strong action. We also spread our helping hand to Sabujmoni, if she agree to a legal fight.