The Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti is pressing for a country-level legislation against superstition and black magic on the lines of the Act in Maharashtra.
“We want a similar legislation on anti-superstition and black magic, the way it exists in Maharashtra,” Mukta, daughter of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, who was killed by unidentified assailants in Pune last month, told reporters on Monday.
Ms. Mukta and some ANS activists are here to press for the legislation and would be meeting leaders from different political parties. They said they intend to meet Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and CPI(M) leaders Mr. Prakash Karat and Mr. Sitaram Yechury over the issue.
“Anti-superstition is not restricted to Maharashtra alone. Due to low literacy level and lack of health services, the level of anti-superstition is higher in other states. If there is a country-wide legislation, more people could benefit from this,” ANS executive president Avinash Patil said.
Days after the assassination of Dabholkar, the Maharashtra government passed the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifices and other inhuman evil and aghori practices, black magic Ordinance, 2013.
The ANS activists expressed anguish over the progress of investigations in Dabholkar’s murder case. “Its been a month after Dr Dabholkar was assassinated and there has been no arrest, so there is lot of anxiety over what is happening,” Ms. Mukta said.
Asked whether ANS has demanded a CBI probe into the murder, she said, “We have not asked for a probe by any other agency. The Maharashtra police is investigating the case and we hope they arrest the culprits soon.”