Kerala to enact anti-superstition bill, govt tells HC


Kerala High Court

Kochi: Kerala government on Tuesday informed the High Court that it is planning to enact a new law to curb black magic and sorcery in the state.

The submission was made in the plea filed by the Kerala Yukthivadi Sangham seeking a directive to the government to take a decision on the recommendation of the State Law Reforms Commission for the enactment of the Kerala Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices, Sorcery, and Black Magic Bill.

Kerala HC's division bench comprising Chief Justice S Manikumar considered the plea.

The state informed the court that it has started the preliminary works. Court asked to update it in two weeks.

The petition contended that the union government or the state government might pass a bill similar to Maharashtra's anti-superstition bill of 2013.

The petitioner also sought that all the cases of disappearances that have occurred in the state in the last fifty years should be re-investigated by forming a special investigation team.

Justice KT Thomas Commission report also recommended an Anti-Superstition Bill, the petitioner said.

It further wanted to "ban advertisements exploiting superstitions in media; prohibition of telefilms, serials and films on the theme of witchcraft and sorcery which are not intended for social good and have no artistic value and implement the existing Drugs and Magic Remedies Objectionable Advertisements Act passed in 1954 in the country."

It also sought for a police search and closure of all existing witchcraft centres in Kerala.

The plea was moved in the wake of the Elanthoor human sacrifice case.

(With agency inputs)

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