Maharashtra to pass bill against black magic
Thursday, February 24, 2011
With the budget session nearing, Narendra Dabholkar, founder-member of MANS (Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nir-moolan Samiti) met Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday, during which Chavan assured him that he would extend efforts to get the Maharashtra Eradication of Black Magic, Evil and Aghori Practices Bill passed in the assembly session.
In a long discussion with Chavan, Dabolkar narrated how the bill that was moved in 2005 is still stuck in the Legislative Council. He said in 1999, the Congress had promised in writing to turn the bill into a law within a year. When there were talks about the bill being against the Hindu religion, the bill was re-drafted and it was approved at the assembly on December 16, 2005. After that, for the next four years the bill was hanging in the legislative council thanks to political wrangling.
If the bill gets passed, Maharashtra would be the first state in the country to a progressive law of this sort.