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Combating Witchcraft and Sorcery

In a traditional society where people are still steeped in superstitions, the belief in witchcraft and sorcery plays havoc in the lives of innocent people. It leads to feuds and even murders in the villages with the allegations and accusations of being sorcerers. In the erstwhile Hyderabad State, the belief in Witchcraft and Sorcery is still deeply entrenched in the minds of the people. Conceded with the loss of limbs and even lives of some innocent people, the District administration in Medak invited Atheist Centre in 1983 to dispel the superstition. A team of doctors, social workers, psychiatrists and scientists, headed by Dr. Samaram, visited Medak District to study the mass hysteria that reached epidemic proportions. Similar assignments were undertaken in Nalgonda district to educate the people about the nonexistence of witchcraft. ILL Health + Ignorance = Witchcraft. In exposing witchcraft and sorcery, Atheist Centre receives the cooperation of the Indian Medical Association, Police and the Government departments and other social organisations.