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A world of abuse where witchcraft is far more than fiction

Abuse linked to witchcraft or spiritual possession is on the rise and something social workers need increasingly to be able to recognise, as Shahid Naqvi finds out.For most people, witchcraft is the stuff of children’s storybooks or the superstitious minds of mediaeval folk. But despite living in an increasingly sceptical age of technological and scientific advancement, it may come as a surprise to many to learn that belief in witchcraft and spiritual possession is not just very much alive but, according to some experts, on the rise.