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After reading Indias Witch Hunts assume that you are advising an international group that wants to understand this violation of human rights Explain what witchcraft is and compare and contrast it with other cases weve discussed and studied in class Witchcraft is often defined by the social context it comes from In the case of the situation in India witchcraft is a negative social stigma or accusation According to Shweders model of causal ontologies interpersonal causal ontology defines the way witchcraft is being used in India This ontology is notable for its references to sorcery evil eye black magic spirit attack poisoning and bewitchment It is associated with the idea that one can be made sick by the envy or ill-will of colleagues neighbors or associates who want you to die suffer or fail Therapy focuses on talismans or other protective devices strategies for aggressive counter-attack and quite crucially on the repair of social relationships In the case of a tragic event in parts of India such as the death of the daughter from the article family members will consult a badwa witch doctor or shaman to see what might have been the cause In most cases as the article shows the badwa accuses another relative that is female of being a dakan witch The accusation does not discriminate by age or family role so fathers can turn against daughters and husbands against wives Women are often directly accused of using evil eyes against people Once accused many may flee from their homes but many are thrashed harassed abandoned made to pay a heavy fine or even killed However contradictory to the idea of real witch craft is the suspicion that many women are accused for reasons having to do with greed revenge or land disputes It is suspected by the police who work outside of the village laws that many badwa conspire with families to gain money and social power Some are greatly feared
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