Narendra Dabholkar has been assassinated!
Dr Dabholkar was a strong proponent of the Maharashtra Eradication of Black Magic, Evil and Aghori Practices Bill (also known as the Anti-Jaadu Tona Bill) being debated in India.
He was assassinated today (August 20th) at 7:20 AM, on his way to a meeting to speak in support of the bill.
The bill would have made it illegal:
To perform Karni, Bhanamati,
To perform magical rites in the name of supernatural power,
To offer ash, talisman, charms etc. for the purpose of exorcism and to drive out evil spirits or ghosts,
To claim possession of supernatural powers and to advertise this claim,
To defame, disgrace the names of erstwhile Saints/ Gods, by claiming to be there reincarnation and thus cheating the gullible and God-fearing simple folks.
To claim to be possessed by divine power or evil power and then perform miracles in the name of such powers.
To punish and to beat mentally ill patients in the belief that they are possessed by evil spirits.
To perform Aghori rites.
To perform so called black magic and spread fear in society.
To perform "Gopal Santan Vidhi" to beget a male offspring.
To oppose scientific medical treatment and to coerce to adopt Aghori treatment.
To sell or deal in so-called magic stones, talisman, bracelets, charms.
To become possessed by supernatural powers and then pretend to give answers to any questions in this mental state.
To sacrifice innocent animals for the appeasement of gods or spirits.
To dispense magical remedies for curing rabies and snake bites.
To dispense medical remedies with claims of assured fertility.