Superstitions surrounding witch hunting has destroyed many families in Assam. Even at this age, when smartphones and internet have reached remote villages of the State, people in rural areas have not been able to forfeit these ghastly superstitions. A family in Gohpur is the recent victim of the menace of witch hunting.
Nightmare for Goswami family
Since the last few months, a section of villagers living in Aunibari Charighariya under West Kalabari Village Panchayat were harassing the family of Jitu Goswami, also comprising of his wife, son and two daughters. The people of the village accused the Goswami family of witchcraft and blamed them for the diseases which took place in the village in recent time.
The villagers had threatened the family to evict the village during Durga Puja but the Goswamis didn’t budge. However, getting the news that they might be attacked on Wednesday morning, Goswami fled with his family to a relative’s place in the nearby village. When the attacker’s came to that village, Goswami had to flee from there as well and he finally took refuge in the Gohpur Police Station. The miscreants meanwhile vented their anger on Goswami’s empty house by demolishing the house and furniture.
Presently, since yesterday, Jitu Goswami along with his wife Pramila Pegu, two daughters Janmoni and Aimoni Goswami and son Barobiba Goswami are staying in the police station. On the basis of the FIR filed by the family, police have started investigating the incident though no arrest has been made so far.