It was only last week that a nine year old girl Sumitra Hansda was mentally tortured after being accused as witch by the villagers. Sabujmoni, mother of Sumitra left the village and took a safe shelter. She said that the villagers are demanding 1 lakh rupee as fine. The villagers have also threatened her of death if she does not pay.
A few months ago, Sabujmoni's mother in law Tusumoni was also tortured by the villagers as a witch and the family was fined Rupees 50,000. The poverty stricken family was forced to pay the money by selling the domestic cattle like buffalos, goats. Now, Sabujmoni has decided not to pay the money demanded by the villagers again. She has decided to fight against the judgment of villagers.
The members of "Science and Rationalists Association of India" tried to convince the villagers. They went to the local police station to the pressure on administration to take a strong action. The organisation also spread their helping hand to Sabujmoni, if she agree to a legal fight.
These are only few of those cases, which come up to the forefront from such villages. If one goes on to search for such kind of stories, one may find a number of such cases, where people are forced to pay heavy fines and the failure of which may sometimes, even lead to death.