However, it steers clear of attempting to regulate vaastu and astrology, besides several rituals that are performed at home or in religious places and temples. All religious celebrations, festivals, prayers, processions and so on are not covered under ...
Belagavi , November 15, 2017 00:36 IST
Updated: November 15, 2017 00:36 IST
The Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2017, which was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, focuses primarily on rituals and practices that cause bodily harm, and threaten or are seen as contrary to the dignity of people.
The Bill, among other things, bans the controversial ‘made snana’ ritual, which was prevalent in religious places such as Kukke Subramanya temple. However, it steers clear of attempting to regulate vaastu and astrology, besides several rituals that are performed at home or in religious places and temples. All religious celebrations, festivals, prayers, processions and so on are not covered under the Bill.
Following protests from within the government and outside, the government had amended the Bill which originally had provisions for banning superstitious practices, including astrology and animal sacrifice. The tabling of the Bill was deferred several times following opposition from the BJP and some seers, who described the proposed Bill as “anti-Hindu”.
The Bill encompasses ban on human sacrifice, coercing a person to perform fire-walk at religious festivals, piercing jaw with rods, pelting stones in the name of banamati, creating panic in the minds of people by invoking ghost or mantras, claiming to perform surgery with fingers, claiming to change the sex of foetus in the womb, and the like. It also seeks to ban practices that harm women’s dignity, such as forcing them to stay in isolation during menstruation or pregnancy, and nude worship. The Bill proposes appointment of police officers as vigilance officers to monitor violations of the provisions of the law and its rules.
Persons who obstruct the discharge of duties of the vigilance officers would be punished with an imprisonment of not less than three months and a fine up to ₹5,000 or both.
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