Karnataka Cabinet clears anti-superstition bill


The Karnataka Cabinet has approved the much-delayed and debated Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2017 – better known as the anti-superstition Bill – which seeks to ban among other practices the controversial ‘made snana’ ritual (devotees rolling over plantain leaves having food leftovers) in public/religious places.

However, the Bill does not cover regulations for astrology and vaastu practice, piercing of ears and nose of children in accordance with certain rituals, and performance of religious rituals such as ‘Keshlochan’ by the Jains. But, it proposes to ban evil practices such as killing an animal by biting its neck.

A Cabinet meeting, presided over by Mr. Siddaramaiah cleared the Bill to protect people against evil and sinister practices and to combat and eradicate inhuman, evil, sinister practices propagated/performed in the name of “supernatural” or black magic.