Today I woke up to a post on my social media news feed which said that a certain Bengali woman has performed kaala jaadu on a man. (I do not here intend to talk about the woman and man in question. I believe justice will prevail.) However, what I am concerned about here is the association of Bengali women and necromancy.
This post took my back to my college days when some of my friends had seriously asked me the question “Do you Bengalis really know kaala jaadu?” I was not merely shocked but deeply hurt to hear this. Again, recently, when I was teaching in a college, one of my very qualified colleagues raised the same issue. This time it came not as a question, but as a statement, because the other person had no doubts regarding the statement. I could not accept it and what followed was a long argument.
It is hurtful to note that despite all the education and qualification, people still blurt out such nonsense deliberately. Besides being an improper code of conduct, this is also a breach of law as a particular community is being labelled here. This is unacceptable and should be dealt with severity.
As a Bengali woman, I can tell you the truth. Bengali women or women from any other community, do not practise necromancy. It is high time people learn to come up with more credible stories than associating necromancy with women.