What is Witch-hunt?

Legal Definition
A witch-hunt is a search for people labelled "witches" or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic or mass hysteria.

  • The classical period of witchhunts in Early Modern Europe and Colonial North America falls into the Early Modern period or about 1450 to 1750, spanning the upheavals of the Reformation and the Thirty Years' War, resulting in an estimated 35,000 to 100,000 executions.
  • Europe: The last executions of people convicted as witches in Europe took place in the 18th century.
  • Scotland: The witchcraft trials in Scotland took place during the period 1561–1727.
  • Kingdom of Great Britain: Witchcraft ceased to be an act punishable by law with the Witchcraft Act of 1735.
  • Germany: Sorcery remained punishable by law into the late 18th century
  • Africa, Asia and Australia: Contemporary witch-hunts have also been reported from Sub-Saharan Africa and Papua New Guinea.
  • Cameroon and Saudi Arabia: Official legislation against witchcraft is still found in Saudi Arabia and Cameroon.
  • In India, around 2,100 suspected, mostly women, witches were murdered between 2000 and 2012 in India's tribal and Dalit communities.
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