In just one state of India, that of Chattisgarh, there have been at least 1500 known cases of women being publicly tortured by villagers as witches. At least 210 were murdered. However the actual number of cases are unknown because they are either not reported, or they are in remote villages. Conviction rate is also low at about 40%. Though illiteracy etc. are cited, most cases often involve land and property that the branded woman is targeted for.