The draft in its present form is a diluted version of the earlier bills.

Ktaka govt to re-introduce anti-superstition bill may name it after slain rationalist Kalburgi
news Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 09:30

A diluted version of the anti-superstition bill is set to be tabled in the legislature in the upcoming monsoon session.

According to The Times of India report, Law Minister TB Jayachandra has confirmed that the Karnataka Prevention of Superstitious Practices Bill, 2016 will be tabled in the cabinet next Thursday.

The bill that the state government has been trying to pass since 2013, is reported to be named after rationalist MM Kalburgi.

However, the draft in its present form is a diluted version of the earlier bills, with practices such as 'Made Snana' and 'Yede Snana' kept out of the purview of the bill. The clause on imposing restrictions on the astrological programmes aired on television channels, has also been removed in the revised bill. 

The bill classifies 13 superstitious practices as evil, out of which, 11 are cognizable offences. For human sacrifices performed in the guise of black magic, the draft proposes death penalty.

Reports say that practices such as pregnant women selecting the sex of the foetus, violent methods to cure diseases and other rituals that inflict injuries on oneself are among the rituals classified in the bill.

Moreover, vigilance officers would be appointed in at least five police stations in the stateā€™s 30 districts, who will be responsible for providing awareness and for arresting those practicing the superstitions listed in the bill.

 

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