Maharashtra Govt to reintroduce Anti-Superstition Bill

Mumbai: Maharashtra Government has decided to reintroduce a Bill in the Legislature aimed at checking superstition and cheating of people at the hands of self-styled godmen and tantriks.

"We are considering reintroduction of the Bill to curb cases of superstition and subsequent cheating of the people," Home Minister R R Patil told the Legislative Council today.

The Anti-Superstition Bill was introduced in the Legislature two years ago. It was opposed by Shiv Sena and right-wing groups. The Bill could not be passed and it lapsed.

"Earlier, the Government could not convince the Opposition members over the Bill. But this time we will take all parties' views into consideration and then introduce it in the House," Patil said.

Arun Gujrathi (NCP) narrated a case of a 'Baba' in Nanded, who cheated people by promising to get secret wealth ('gupta dhan'), and sought to know if any action has been taken against him.

Patil said no case has been registered in Nanded. But eight such cases have registered across the state and appropriate action has been taken, he said.