Maharashtra Clocks One Human Sacrifice A Month

‘Maharashtra Experience Proves Anti-Superstition law not Anti-Hindu’
  • Maharashtra, considered one of the most progressive States in the country has reported cases of at least one human sacrifice per month on an average in the last one year.
  • Of the 104 cases registered in the first year after the previous Maharashtra government passed the Anti-Superstition and Black Magic Act in December 2013 activists have pointed out 15 cases of human sacrifice.
  • The Act, before it was passed by the Maharashtra Legislature, was termed by the then Opposition parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena, anti-Hindu.
  • Data gathered from across the State has shown that using the Act’s provisions, activists and the police have prevented possible human sacrifices in seven cases.
  • Krushna Chandgude of the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS) said:We had been saying that such incidents do happen in Maharashtra and that is why we needed the Act.
  • Krushna Chandgude added:  Now it is time to implement the law more effectively to curb such inhuman practices.
  • Mukta Dabholkar, daughter of the late rationalist Narendra Dabholkar who had first proposed the law, said the fact that seven cases were prevented itself showed its importance.
  • Rubbishing claims that the Act was against Hindus, Ms. Dabholkar said around 20 cases had also been registered against occultists from the Muslim community.