Bengaluru, Nov 14, 2017 : After much dilly-dallying, a diluted anti-superstition bill that seeks to ban 16 practices, including human torture in the name of rituals and creating panic by threatening to invoke ghosts, was tabled in the Legislative Assembly in Belagavi on Tuesday.
The Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2017 is a watered-down version of the Karnataka Prevention of Superstitious Practices Bill, 2013 which had proposed to ban numerology and astrology also.
However, the 2013 bill was met with resistance from various quarters, including religious institutions, and was referred to a scrutiny committee for review. Numerology, astrology and vaastu have now been spared from the purview of the new bill.
The words "aghori" and "narabali" (cannibalism and human sacrifice) have also been deleted in the revised bill as these practices are not found in the State.
Law Minister T B Jayachandra tabled the bill which seeks to ban practices such as exorcism, black magic, witchcraft, rituals promoting self-injury, throwing of infants from a height on a bed of thorns, parading women in the naked and sexual exploitation by invoking supernatural powers.