Do We Need an Anti-Superstition Law?

Mukta Dabholkar

India needs legislation on the superstitious notion, though what must enter it needs argument. Every superstitious notion cannot be eliminated by the force of law. For that, a psychological change is essential. Superstitious practices that are entirely dehumanizing, harsh and exploitative need to be dealt with by a law that particularly resolves them.

Ruthless Exploitation

Maharashtra has carried out the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013. The remainder of the nation might gain from it. In Maharashtra, the Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti and my daddy, Narendra Dabholkar, defended 18 years for such a law to be put in place. There were numerous groups which slanted the discussion by predicting it as a law versus faith. Narendra Dabholkar needed to battle an unrelenting fight versus them.

We need to understand that this is a law that resolves exploitation in the name of faith. Challengers to the legislation in Maharashtra had declared that the law would impact the spiritual practices of Hindus; that it was anti-Hindu. After analyzing more than 350 FIRs lodged throughout Maharashtra in the last 4 years, we found that these claims were unproven. Information shows that the implicated individuals come from different religious beliefs.

I wish to highlight inhumane practices in the name of faith. In Maharashtra, there were numerous cases where people killed or completely hurt others and held them accountable for some deaths in their households, simply on suspicion. We masked these practices by calling ourselves established. Maharashtra, too, possesses being an established State. Around 7 circumstances of human sacrifice have been reported since the death of this law in 2013. 2 such circumstances might have been avoided through prompt intervention. Before this law, acts including human sacrifice might not be stopped as they were preceded by some puja and offerings– not prohibited under any law. Now they are. The cognizance of human sacrifice remains in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) just after the murder is devoted. Hence, legislation has a capability to serve as a deterrent. The Maharashtra legislation has stopped the act of human sacrifice.

Today IPC is not geared up to look after criminal activities dedicated because of black magic and other superstitious practices. A different law is essential because the relationship in between a follower and so-called godman is of a strange nature, typically marked by violence. Think about the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, 2005. There are arrangements in the IPC to penalize violence, but the strange nature of the violence dealt with by ladies within the family required a different law.

Examine conmen.

The anti-superstition law also makes it possible to cut activities of so-called godmen before they become too effective. Just recently, the Maharashtra cops apprehended one who called himself Patil Baba and an avatar of god. He abused disciples by calling it his true blessing; he avoided them from going to medical professionals. He had a big following and if this law wasn’t in place, absolutely nothing might have been done to stop him. There is an area in the Maharashtra legislation which particularly addresses, and checks claims made by ‘godmen’ who say they have supernatural powers. As soon as something is made unlawful in the eye of the law, it will not be possible for anybody to honestly support deceitful godmen.