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    One Woman’s Fight Against Witch-Hunters

    She’s no magician. But Chutni Mahto’s worked a miracle in the village of Sasokara, India, where illness and death are often blamed on witchcraft, and whole families have been slaughtered when linked to such “sorcery.” Coming from a nearby village, the 55-year-old was herself beaten for an imagined supernatural offense, prompting her to fight back in the face of ingrained superstition and corrupt, obstructionist police. So far, Mahto’s helped more than 50 women who’ve been branded witches, and police have started offering her tea rather than demonizing her.

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