Bill ban­ning su­per­sti­tious prac­tices tabled in Kar­nataka

It bans ‘made snana’ be­sides 15 other prac­tices

The Hindu - - SOUTH - Nagesh Prabhu

The much-de­layed and hotly de­bated Kar­nataka Pre­ven­tion and Erad­i­ca­tion of In­hu­man Evil Prac­tices and Black Magic Bill, 2017, pop­u­larly known as the ‘Anti-Su­per­sti­tion Bill’, was tabled in the Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly on Tues­day.

Among other things, it seeks to ban the con­tro­ver­sial ‘made snana’ rit­ual (where devo­tees roll over plan­tain leaves with left­over food) in pub­lic/re­li­gious places. The Bill, how­ever, does not en­vis­age reg­u­la­tions for astrology or vaastu prac­tices. It pri­mar­ily aims to pro­tect peo­ple against evil and sin­is­ter prac­tices and com­bat in­hu­man and sin­is­ter prac­tices prop­a­gated/ per­formed in the name of “su­per­nat­u­ral” or black magic. In all, 16 prac­tices are banned un­der the leg­is­la­tion. The tabling of the Bill is seen as a ful­fil­ment of the com­mit­ment made by Chief Min­is­ter Sid­dara­ma­iah to ra­tio­nal­ists and ac­tivists who have been fight­ing for a ban on su­per­sti­tious prac­tices.

The Bill had also seen se­vere op­po­si­tion, with the BJP and some Hin­dutva groups call­ing it “anti-Hindu”.

The Bill was ap­proved in the State Cab­i­net meet­ing held on Septem­ber 27, 2017.

Law and Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs Min­is­ter T.B. Jay­achan­dra tabled the Bill amid a dharna by BJP mem­bers de­mand­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Ben­galuru De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter K.J. Ge­orge in the wake of the CBI fil­ing an FIR against him in the Dy.SP M.K. Gana­p­a­thy sui­cide case.

P.K. BADIGER ■

Heated ar­gu­ment: Sid­dara­ma­iah and Ja­gadish Shet­tar dur­ing the Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly session on Tues­day.

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