Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Maharashtra approves anti-superstition ordinance
The Murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar followed by angry protests prompted the Maharashtra government to clear an ordinance enforcing the anti-superstition measures he had advocated for years.
Mr. Dabholkar had drafted an Anti-Superstition and Black Magic Bill 13 years ago but it repeatedly failed to get through the Assembly.
The Bill had proposed that those indulging in black magic or cashing in on people’s superstitions be jailed for up to seven years. It also sought to ban a range of practices including animal sacrifice and magical remedies to cure ailments. Mr. Dabholkar’s family was sharply critical of the delay.