Bengaluru: Anti Superstition Act implemented - Sidi, Madesnana banned

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, Jan 23: The state government has brought into force Anti Superstition Black Magic Act under which people who follow draconian practices like Made Snana, black magic and sorcery, hypnotism etc are made punishable. Under this act, police inspectors of the respective police stations will be the vigilance officers and people who come across superstitious practices can complain to them.

Once the complaint is received, the inspector is bound to register first information report (FIR). The police inspector can also register first information report suo moto.

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The said bill had been prepared by a committee of experts during the Congress regime. However, there was strong opposition to certain contents in the report among religious and political leaders. Thereafter, some of the points were left out or revised, and bill had got the nod of the legislature.

A notification issued to enforce the law in December 2017 was withheld due to certain legal hitch. After removing the controversial content, the bill has been signed by the Governor, an official of social welfare department stated.

Banned procedures

Banamathi, sorcery, hunting for secret treasures or following procedures for finding hidden treasures. Making others believe that an unseen power has been invoked on the body o a person and that the person concerned has possessed the power of the spirit. Torturing people in the name of driving away spirits occupying their mind and body. Branding people as sinner or sinner's soul, declaring someone as Satan or Satan's incarnation. Threatening people by telling them that spirits would be invoked by chanting of hymns. Instigating people to observe banished procedures like Aghori. Performing surgery with bare fingers, claiming to change the gender of the fetus in women's body, claiming to possess special powers, making others believe that he was a lover or spouse of a person in the previous birth. Hanging in the air through hooks (Sidi), pulling of chariot with the help of ropes, hooks at the end of which are inserted into the bodies of the devotees. Tossing of children from a height, making them lie on bed of thorns. Forcing women during monthly periods or puerperal women to stay separately, practicing Bettale Seve (nude, public procession). Killing of animals with bare teeth. Rolling on the leaves containing left over after consumption of good (Made Snana).

Deputy chief minister Govind Karjol, said that one should not exploit others by practicing superstititions and wanted those implementing these laws to be honest. Sri Sugunendra Theertha Samiji of Puthige Math, Udupi, opined that there is nothing wrong in banning certain practices which harm the health of the society.

Violators get one to seven years of imprisonment and fine which might be between Rs 5,000 and 50,000.



Comment on this article

  • AD, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    As long as one does not hurt self or others any beleif should be fine.

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    Some interesting insight, Man can be an angel or evil. if one follows good one becomes an angel, follows evil becomes a evil one untill repentance from his heart turn from his evil ways to become an angel again.

    BTW Good, justice, humility, charity, love ... comes from God. Evil, injustice, pride, hatred, jealousy, anger, lust ... comes from ??

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    It is accepted by BJP that previous government is correct and what BJP shouted is accepted as wrong silently by implementation publicly. Acceptance of wrong will exalt BJP

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    All these ministers, politicians and high profile enter pruners including government servants etc. believe in astrology and follow astrology for any auspicious events to lay the foundation stone etc. because it is deep rooted in Indians blood. However, some minorities do not believe nor follow such myths. Can anyone explain to me why a coconut is broken as an offering and when foundation stone is laid for at construction site or any inaugural ceremonies?

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  • Steve, Bangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    So that coconut chutney can be be prepared for relishing idli, dosa, panpale etc

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    Regularly we get pamlets( notice) in our daily news papers of some Astrologers without address and only they give Mobile numbers. And they mention in that they will solve many problems. Why our Government and Police department is not taking any action against those astrologers??? Nowadays many people are under Stress, Financial problems, no jobs , family problems. And these astrologers may take undo advantage of present situation. That what I believe.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    What a tragedy ! We are in scientific age, digital age but thousands of years old beliefs and tradition or myths still continues.
    They should also ban offering animals/blood to appease the Gods for various purposes. some times even kids are killed for the purpose.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    I feel sad for our Defense Minister Rajnath Sigh who tied Limbu & Mirchi on Raphael Fighters ...

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    @ jossey, it is a (Limburg & Murchison r ) pure vegetarian anti-virus made in india 4 rafael fighter.

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  • Peter, Bangalore

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    @Jossey Saldanha
    You feel great when our ex-defense minister's wife puts cross symbol on the warship.

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  • D.Shetty, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    refrain from any comment which you don't practice...Every ancient act has its own value

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  • ayesha devi, mangaluru

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    When This law passed by Karnatak Govt., BJP has opposed it. Now quietly they have implemented it. Double standards of BJP leaders exposed.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    Good....we should change according to time....not keep practicing what a book told thousands of years back.... refinement is required.,....but in some other religions, they are going back to mideval period...govt should bring laws to eliminate burqa also....

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  • Rahul, Jeppu

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    Good move

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  • Prashant Karkera, Hejamady/Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    Whichever temple follows madesnana, management and priests to be booked under this act ....

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jan 23 2020

    Hats off to the BJP government to implement the act.
    But everyone should understand the basic fact that the belief in God itself is the starting point of superstitions!

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