There have been several disturbing reports of child abuse being committed because of a belief in witchcraft.
One such report from London tells the story of Kevani Kanda, accused of being a witch from six years of age. The reason for this was that she was being abused by a member of the family, which caused crying and bed wetting due to the psychological stress. Keith Mann and other Twitter campaigners have immediately rallied around the cause
Instead of thinking about the true cause of her suffering, her family chose to believe that she was indeed possessed by a demon. This led to a five-year stretch of starvation, forced consumption of her own vomit, beatings and having spice filled suppositories administered to “get rid of evil spirits.”
Now 25 years old, she said “I never told anyone what was happening to me because it was normal. That was my normal world back then, and unfortunately my teachers did not pick up on the fact that I was being horrendously abused.”
The London Metropolitan Police have released a report stating that witch craft related child abuse has been on the increase in recent times. There have been at least 27 incidents of witch or demon related abuses occurring this year alone.
The culprits are usually religious fanatics from African cultures who have fused their fundamentalist Christian views with traditional notions of witchcraft. Countries such as the Congo, where superstition is prevalent, are known to have many believers in this type of witchcraft.
It is believed that in the city of Kinshasa, that literally thousands of children live alone on the streets because their families believed them to be possessed and cast them out.Read more