ANTI SUPERSTITION AND BLACK MAGIC ACT
Anti Superstition And Black Magic Act
Superstition is a belief that is not backed by scientific evidence. It is irrational faith in something without a proper explanation. Superstitions are rampant in India and have claimed many lives over the years.
The Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Bill 2013 is the first of its kind in India and was passed on 18th December, 2013.
The bill was first drafted by social activist and rationalist Narendra ...view middle of the document...
However India in particular is home to several bizarre superstitions that continue to be passed down from generation to generation. Irrational practices such as animal sacrifices, witch hunting and black magic have been around for centuries and have claimed several innocent lives.
Superstitions are a hindrance in our path to a healthy society. The anti-superstition and black magic act is the first step in the long and tedious process of eradicating irrational beliefs and practices that have infested the society and threaten to bring its progress to a standstill.
The anti- superstition and black magic act, initially known as the Jadu Tona Andhshradha Virodhi bill of 2003 was the first bill of its kind in the country and was drafted by social activist and rationalist Narendra Dabholkar . The bill faced heavy criticism from various political parties like the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena . They opposed it claiming that it would have an adverse effect on the Hindu religion. The draft was passed by the state government and sent to the union government. However, the bill was not presented in the legislature. After a ten year struggle, the bill was finally passed by the Maharashtra legislative council on 18 December, 2013.
The act is important because it is necessary to create awareness in the society to provide a healthy and safe social environment in order to protect the poor and ignorant people against the evil and sinister practices and customs thriving on blind faith, beliefs and ignorance. However, that the present bill recognizes the fact that it is not just the poor and the ignorant who can be victims of tantriks and babas but also the people of the upper classes that may be affected. It also wishes to avoid opposition over the usage of the words God’s men and in the name of God because practices and rituals practiced in the name of God may be an expression of faith to some. It has now become absolutely necessary for the government to take appropriate social as well as legal measures so as to curtail the spread of harmful practices such as black magic and save the common man from falling prey to the sinister designs of the black magicians, quacks and conmen.
CAUSES OF SUPERSTITION
1) Ignorance: The most common factor which creates superstition in societies is ignorance. In the past, some people considered ecliptic events as being the wrath of God. While, if the cause of eclipse was clear for people, such beliefs would have no place.
2) Religion:-The entrance of superstitions in religious teachings collapse religion and detract its validity. A number of superstitions have their basis in religion.
3) Opportunistic individuals: Many superstitions are coined by fraudsters who take advantage of the gullible and uninformed strata of the society for their own gain.
4) Human Tendency: Humans have a tendency to overthink and overanalyse. They search for patterns where there are none. Irrational thoughts and actions...