Another state in India proposed an anti-superstition bill. We’ve covered the dangerous superstitious practices rampant in India in modern times. Is the tide turning against these historical behaviors?
Thirteen superstitious rituals have classified as evil practices and amount to severe punishment according the draft model legislation on anti-superstition.
The bill, which envisages the creation of a Karnataka Anti-Superstition Authority, has listed practices such as siddubhukti, maata, okuli, bettale seve, panktibheda and made snana as criminal offences. Also, future predictions that result in harm caused such as stigmatization of a person or severe financial loss have also been penalized as non-cognizable offences.
The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) was tasked with preparation of anti-superstitious bill by chief minister Siddaramaiah after Maharashtra enacted the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Ordinance following the killing of Pune-based rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.
“The draft has been prepared after rigorous research and several rounds of consultations with eminent thinkers and legal experts within and outside Karnataka for about a month,” Japhet said.
The bill proposes penalties for broadcasting or promoting superstitious practices. The most severe penalty being proposed is the death penalty for human sacrifice done as part of black magic. Legal action is considered critical to begin the process of weaning people off the historic traditions. It won’t be easy.
A bill was successfully passed in Maharashtra, immediately after the assassination of skeptical activist Narendra Dabholkar. Is this kind of regulation a trend? One can hope. There is a small minority uprising against superstitious practices in India. It is greatly needed.