Mumbai, April 09, 2011
The bill to eradicate black magic (witchcraft) and inhuman religious practices will soon see the light of the day. The state cabinet approved a diluted version of the draft of the bill on Friday and it will table the same for the state legislature’s approval in the ongoing budget session. The new bill proposes a rigorous jail term of six months to seven years and a fine of up to Rs 50,000.
A senior minister said the new draft was finalized after discussing it with the saffron parties and the proponents of the bill. “We have honored objections and suggestions by both the sides,” he said.
The two senior leaders of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti, Shyam Manav and Dr Narendra Dabholkar, and justice (retired) Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari helped draft the bill.