Witchcraft was hated mainly by the Catholic Church. It was she who began the witch-hunting campaign around the second half of the 15th century. Against the background of constant epidemics, it turned out to be not difficult to incite human hatred towards people with psychic abilities. The number of people executed in Europe for witchcraft ranges from about 40, 000 to 100, 000. Moreover, they were accused of witchcraft on denunciations for such trifles as red hair or a closed character. To test a suspect for involvement with Satan, a stone was put around her neck and thrown into the water. If it comes out, it means a witch, but no, it’s wrong, with whom it doesn’t happen.
The first and most significant manuscript on witchcraft and the fight against sorcerers was The Hammer of the Witches by Sprenger and Kremer. It was first published in 1486 and reprinted fourteen times before 1520.
Joan of Arc was burned like a witch at the stake for heresy and witchcraft. The last woman was executed for witchcraft in Europe in 1782.
In 1735, civilized England replaced the witchcraft punishment law with a fraud prosecution. This law continued to be used until the 1940s to persecute individuals such as Spiritualists and Gypsies, until it was repealed in 1951.
However, the witch hunt continues in our modern times. In 2008, in Kenya, a mob burned alive at least 11 people accused of witchcraft. In March 2009, up to 1, 000 people in The Gambia were kidnapped by the government on charges of witchcraft.
In India, declaring a woman a witch is a common ploy to seize land, money, or even punish her for rejecting sexual harassment. Sometimes this leads to the expulsion or murder of the victim. On suspicion of codification, a total of 2, 500 people were killed in India between 1995 and 2009. Lynching is especially common in the poor northern states of Jharkhand, Bihar and the central state of Chhattisgarh.
In Papua New Guinea, the law provides for punishment of up to 2 years in prison for the practice of "black" magic. Witchcraft or sorcery remains a criminal offense in Saudi Arabia, although the exact nature of the crime has not been determined.