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Assam Lynching: Digital Bombs of Mob Violence

Social media rumours fan a medieval barbarity within us. This time it’s Assam.

Assam Lynching: Digital Bombs of Mob Violence
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In Guwahati, people ­protesting against the Karbi Anglong lynching
Assam Lynching: Digital Bombs of Mob Violence
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2018-06-15T11:50:01+05:30

People in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district—like in most parts of the state—have grown up hearing stories about the ‘xopadhora’, the Assamese word to describe a child-lifter. ‘Xopa’ means both a gag and to gag someone and ‘dhora’ is to catch. In remote Assam, where superstition has a firm grip on the populace, the telling and re-telling of xopadhora horror tales has given birth to a ghas­tly creature in imagination—described variously as having long, braided hair and flashing eyes which hypnotise little children before he catches hold of them and devours them.

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