Sunday, August 25, 2013

Indian State Promulgates Anti-Black Magic Ordinance After Murder of Rationalist Crusader

As reported by the Hindustan Times, the Indian state of Maharashtra became the first state to ban black magic as the governor last night signed into law as an Ordinance-- rather than waiting for state assembly approval-- a long-pending ban on such practices.  An Ordinance remains in effect for 6 months, but can be reissued. As summarized by the Times of India, the new ordinance:
* Prohibits practice, promotion and propagation of human sacrifice, other inhuman, evil and Aghori practices and black magic, unauthorized, illegal practices of medicine or healing or curing by quacks, conmen etc.
* Such practices will be treated as offence and punishable with imprisonment for a term of six months extending up to seven years along with a fine ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000. The offences to be non-bailable.
The action follows the murder last week  in Pune of rationalist crusader Narendra Dabholkar. Today's New York Times carries a front-page story on his murder.