The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Kerala government over reports that two missing women have become victims of human sacrifice.
The Commission observed that such incidents cannot be expected in a civilized society. The state, being the guardian of its citizens, is responsible for their safety and cannot escape its liability to protect them from such evil practices.
It has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police calling for a report within four weeks, including status of the investigation of the case and compensation, if any, paid to the families of the victims, a NHRC statement said.
NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that two Kerala women, reported missing to the police by their families three months apart, became the victims of alleged human sacrifice in a bizarre ritual orchestrated by a self-styled voodoo man professing to bring luck to a couple facing financial problem.
Both the victims were bound by a common profession of selling lottery tickets, it stated.