Maharashtra Government clears ordinance on black magic

Mumbai, Aug. 21 (ANI): The Maharashtra Government today decided to promulgate an ordinance to enact a long-pending bill to eradicate black magic, blind faith and superstitious beliefs.

The move came a day after the murder of renowned rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, which has led to a massive outpouring of grief and anger in the state.

The state's cabinet unanimously decided to promulgate the Ordinance for enacting the Maharashtra Eradication of Blind Faith Bill as a law.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who attended Dabholkar's funeral in his native place in Satara, yesterday compared the murder to the assassination of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.

Dabholkar was the founder of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (Committee for Eradication of Blind faith) that aimed to change social mindset and inculcate scientific temper.

He had also written several books on superstition eradication and confronted tantriks and seers who promised miracles.

He was also the founder of a de-addiction centre in Satara and also edited Marathi weekly Sadhana. (ANI)

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