The Indian state of Maharashtra has enacted emergency laws banning black magic and superstition, one day after a prominent campaigner was killed.
On Thursday, the Maharashtra state government enacted an ordinance to ban rituals, superstition and black magic. However a bill must still be endorsed by the parliament or this legislation will lapse.
The bill that Mr Dabholkar was campaigning for had been approved by the cabinet but lapsed before it could be put to a vote – it had been on a waiting list for eight years.
After his murder, the government rushed through emergency legislation which, according to local media reports, makes it an offence to exploit people by offering rituals, charms and magical cures, and to practice black magic.
Often it takes emotion to prompt action. This article notes that the bill, which is troublesome to those who feel it is prohibitive of religious practices, does not mention religion but it solely “about fraudulent and exploitative practices”. India allows freedom of religion.
Here is the story from yesterday.