National Law School of India University (NLSIU) has clarified that a model of the proposed anti-superstition bill, submitted to the Chief Minister recently, contains no provisions that can be construed as “anti-Hindu”

“Those who are opposing the bill and are claiming that the draft is anti-Hindu and against peoples’ religious beliefs seem to have either not read the bill thoroughly or ignored its recommendations deliberately,” V.S. Sreedhara, Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, NLSIU, has said in a press note.

He has said that there is an attempt to project as banned, practices that are not mentioned in the model bill or concept note, which served as the background note before drafting the bill.

“The bill has listed only such practices which are harmful,” Prof. Sreedhara has said. “Since the Constitution guarantees Freedom of Religion and Belief as a fundamental right, there is no question of banning or criminalising belief. The law can only address certain harmful practices with reasonable restrictions.”

‘Not final’

The Centre has said that the model bill is not the final document and there should be a healthy debate, without “misleading propaganda”, to enable the government frame a comprehensive bill.