GUWAHATI, Nov 24 - ‘Mission Birubala’, an NGO working towards eradication of witch-hunting and superstition from the society organised an awareness programme in Raidang Tea Estate under Doomdooma Police Station recently with the help and support from Assam Police. Mukesh Sahay, DGP, Assam helped in organising the programme successfully. This was stated in a press release here.
The programme was organised in view of a recent killing in Raidang Tea Estate in the name of witch-hunting. The Mission’s chief functionary Birubala Rabha while speaking in the programme narrated her struggle in order to eradicate this social menace. She spoke about the incident in her life when her son was predicted to be possessed by a spirit by a soothsayer. This incident and the following events which turned out to be completely false made her believe that there are nothing called witch and evil spirits. She urged the audience which comprised mainly of tea labourers to break the confinement of superstition. Furthermore, she encouraged the women and youths to follow the path of education and be liberal in views.
DSP Rajendra Ojha, DSP Azizur Haque and Officer In-Charge of Doomdooma Police Station Manimohan Koch spoke about the ill-effects of superstition and witch-hunting. They affirmed to provide help to anyone facing ostracism and other harassment.
Dr Dipak Barua and Azibur Rehman of Ellora Vigyan Mancha spoke on health consciousness. Health problem is one factor of witch-hunting as people tend to believe in witches when they fall sick. Dr Barua urged them to visit a doctor for health issues instead of a bej. Rehman spoke about mental health too. Dr Natyabir Das, Coordinator of Mission Birubala spoke about the pathetic conditions of the victims of witch-hunting. Moreover, he urged the tea labourers and others present to be conscious of modern day science.
Satish Munda, president of the All Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association encouraged the people to shun superstition and refrain from branding people as witches. Usha Rabha, president of Mission Birubala sang a song based on women. She and Anamika Baruah, member of the Mission counselled the women tea labourers to enlighten themselves through education and abstain themselves from witch-hunting. M Dev Mahanta, SP Tinsukia provided all necessary help.