Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) In the wake of the lynching of three women in West Bengal after branding them as witches, eminent writer Mahasweta Devi Thursday called upon senior police officers here to do justice and take steps to stop such 'barbaric incidents'.
"It seems we are still living in the dark ages. How can people think of such things when science has made so much progress? I do not have words to condemn the barbaric incident," Mahasweta Devi told IANS.
"I today (Thursday) called up Naparajita Maukherjee (Inspector General of Police) and the Superintendent of Police (Sunil Chowdhury, West Midnapore) asking them to look into the matter and do justice," said the Ramon Magsaysay awardee.
"Such barbaric incident should never recur," she added.
Three women were branded as witches and lynched by villagers Tuesday in Daspur in West Midnapore district, some 100 km from here.
According to the police, the problem started Tuesday night, when the villagers of tribal-dominated Dubrajpur Village in Daspur identified three women - Phulmani Singh, her daughter Sombari alias Titli and her daughter-in-law Risha - as witches and asked them to leave the village.
Following their refusal to leave, a kangaroo court held them responsible for bringing in bad luck and misery to the village. The court declared them as witches and ordered they be lynched for the safety of the village, police said.
The police have arrested seven people so far for the incident.