Death likely for human sacrifice
TNN | Nov 6, 2013,
The Karnataka Prevention of Superstitious Practices Bill, 2013 proposes the death sentence for human sacrifice in the name of black magic. The Bill also seeks to penalize broadcast, propagation or promotion in any manner of superstitious practices.
“We have tried to define superstitious practices as those that cause grave physical or mental harm, financial or sexual exploitation or offends human dignity,” said Prof S Japhet, director, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP), National Law School of India University.
NLSIU was tasked with preparing the anti-superstition bill by chief minister Siddaramaiah after Maharashtra enacted the Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacri?ce and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Ordinance following the killing of Pune-based rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.
“The draft has been prepared after rigorous research and several rounds of consultations with eminent thinkers and legal experts within and outside Karnataka for about a month,” Japhet said.
CM wants to table the bill during winter session
Siddaramaiah said he’ll try to table the bill in winter session in Belgaum scheduled to start on November 25. “We have to get rid of superstitious practices. There is already a law on this in Maharashtra; our government is serious about enacting a similar law here. Advocate general Ravivarma Kumar has been asked to examine the draft,” he said.
G Ramakrishna, K Marulasiddappa, Siddalingaiah, Nitin Ramesh, Srijoni, Sanhita, Aravind Malagatti, AS Nataraj, CS Hanumanthappa, Vasundara Bhupathi, BT Lalitha Nayak, VS Sreedhara and S Japhet. Rituals considered evil
Human sacrifice, adopting violent methods to cure diseases, proclaiming to have possessed godly and spiritual powers, promising to provide solution after monetary consideration, throwing babies on a bed of thorns to cure diseases, and keeping pregnant and menstrual women aloof.