The Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Bill is a progressive law that is meant to prevent exploitation of people through practices like human sacrifice, black magic and witchcraft. This law has been pending for the past 14 years.
Objective of the new law, as stated in the pending bill is :
The Bill seeks to bring social awakening and awareness in society and to create a healthy and safe social environment with a view to protect the common people in society against the evil and sinister practices and customs thriving on ignorance and blind beliefs and to combat and eradicate human sacrifice and other inhuman, evil, sinister and aghori practices born out of beliefs propagated in the name of so called divine of supernatural of magical powers of evil spirits commonly known as black magic by quacks and conmen with the sinister motive of exploiting; and physically and financially harming the common people in the society and thereby destroying the very social fibre of the society; and for matters connected therewith of incidental thereto
Considering the 14 year delay, we are targeting at least 14000 petitions in toto and at least 1400 online.
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* महाराष्ट्र नरबळी आणि इतर अमानुष, अनिष्ट व अघोरी प्रथा व जादूटोणा यांना प्रतिबंध घालण्याबाबत व त्यांचे समूळ उच्चाटन करण्याबाबत अधिनियम, २०११ ( Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill 2011)
In the year 1999, your party had promised to enact a law against exploitative superstitions within 1 year. 14 years later, the law has still not materialized.
10 years ago, on 15 August 2003, the govt. had given out advertisements across all newspapers saying that “Maharashtra is the 1st state in India to enact a law against black-magic.
Your party is in favour of the law. Also leaders of the NCP including MLA Ajit Dada Pawar have time & again said that their entire elected house is in favour of the act.
The bill has been modified based on the suggestions of our warkari brethren.
The ruling coalition has a clear majority in both houses.
Considering all this and despite the bill being on the agenda for five consecutive sessions, not only a discussion has taken place.
I am deeply saddened by this. Considering the progressive traditions of Maharashtra, I would appeal to you to give a public declaration before the commencement of Budget Session 2013 that you will pass the bill in this session.