The government has launched an action plan to tackle child abuse linked to witchcraft or religion in England.
The action plan follows the murder of 15-year-old Kristy Bamu in Newham in December 2010 for which his sister Magalie and her boyfriend Eric Bikubi were convicted.
Kristy, was accused by Bikubi of practising “kindoki” or witchcraft and casting spells, during a visit over Christmas. He suffered appalling abuse and torture for three days before drowning in a bath.
The National Action Plan to Tackle Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief was drawn up with faith leaders, charities, the police and social workers.
It urges closer engagement with local communities and churches, better training for social workers and police and better psychological and therapeutic support for victims.
Tip: Richard Dawkins Foundation
We’ve previously written about the Kristy Bamu case here. This is a good first step, an action plan that addresses a serious problem. However, the root of the problem grows in foreign lands. How can we break the superstition that still supports belief in witchcraft? At least this is a beginning.
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