Witchcraft Act, 1914
- Commenced on 9 May 1914
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 1996.]
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Witchcraft Act.
2. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—"act complained of" includes any death, injury, damage, disease or calamity, whether of an accidental or of a tortious character;"boiling water test" means the dipping into boiling water of the limbs or any portion of the body of a person;"property" includes animals;"witchcraft" includes the throwing of bones, the use of charms and any other means, process or device adopted in the practice of witchcraft or sorcery.
3. Penalty for naming or imputing witchcraftWhoever—
4. Penalty on professional witchdoctorsWhoever shall be proved to be by habit or profession a witch doctor or witch finder shall be liable upon conviction to a fine of not more than one thousand five hundred penalty units or to imprisonment with or without hard labour for any term not exceeding two years, or to both.[As amended by No. 47 of 1948, No. 31 of 1952, No. 26 of 1993 and Act No. 13 of 1994]
5. Penalty for professing knowledge of witchcraftAny person who—
6. Acts constituting witchcraftWhoever shall—
7. Employment or solicitation of persons in matters of witchcraftWhoever employs or solicits any person—
8. Presence at testsAny person who is present at the administration to any person of any test, the administration of which is punishable under the provisions of this Act, shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred penalty units or to imprisonment with or without hard labour for any term not exceeding one year, or to both.Provided that no person called as a witness to prove the administration of any test as aforesaid shall be deemed to be an accomplice or to need corroboration as such by reason only that he was present at the administration of any test as aforesaid.[As amended by No. 31 of 1952, No. 26 of 1993 and Act No. 13 of 1994]
9. Carrying out advice in matters of witchcraftWhoever, on the advice of any person pretending to have the knowledge of witchcraft or of any non-natural processes or in the exercise of any witchcraft or of any non-natural means, shall use or cause to be put into operation such means or processes as he may have been advised or may believe to be calculated to injure any person or any property shall be liable upon conviction to the punishments provided by section four
10. Deceiving or imposing by means of witchcraftEvery person professing to be able to control by non-natural means the course of nature or using any subtle craft, means or device by means of witchcraft, charms or otherwise to deceive or impose upon any other person shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred penalty units or to imprisonment with or without hard labour for any term not exceeding one year, or to both.[As amended by No. 31 of 1952, No. 26 of 1993 and Act No. 13 of 1994]
11. Possessing charms, etc.
12. Penalty on chief or headman encouraging witchcraftAny chief or headman who directly or indirectly permits, promotes, encourages or facilitates the commission of any act punishable by this Act or who knowing of such act or intended act does not forthwith report the same to a police officer of or above the rank of Sub Inspector or, where there is no such police officer, to a District Secretary or an Assistant District Secretary, shall be liable upon conviction to a fine or to imprisonment with or without hard labour for any term not exceeding three years.[As amended by G.N. No. 493 of 1964, No. 24 of 1977, No. 26 of 1993 and Act No. 13 of 1994]
13. Obtaining goods, etc., by false pretences
History of this document
31 December 1996 this version
09 May 1914