Matilde Gattoni Milan, Italy
The Devil in me
According to the United Nations murder and persecution of women and children accused of being witches is spreading around the world and destroying the lives of millions of people. India is one of the seven countries where witch hunting has become a common practice.
Every year, hundreds of Indian women are branded as witches, scapegoats for random events like a bad harvest or a mortal disease in a village. Beaten and disowned by their own neighbours, families and friends, those who survive this terrible ordeal are kicked away from their houses and forced to spend the rest of their life as social outcasts.
Once a phenomenon typical of the tribal countryside, witch hunts are now becoming more and more common in big cities alike. Far from being just a product of a backward society, witchcraft accusations are often used by men as an excuse to grab properties and money out of women's hands.