The Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill will be taken up for discussion during the forthcoming session of the state Legislature,Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said here on Tuesday.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of a public event,Chavan said: The Bill has already been cleared by the Cabinet,and it will be tabled during the Monsoon Session.
The Bill,which was first introduced in the legislature way back in 1995 and has been redrafted several times,is yet to become a law despite an aggressive campaign by the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS),a social organisation fighting for the cause of eradication of superstition.
Provisions in the Bill mainly deal with measures to check incidents of human sacrifices,black magic and similar practices. Even as there was some opposition to the Bill,Social Justice Minister Moghe had earlier said the government had already held discussions with the opposing religious groups to clarify the point.
Among other sections,the Warkari community and some Hindu organisations have been opposing the Bill,terming it detrimental to their faith and religious disposition.
To protest the huge delay on part of the government in passing the Bill,the MANS recently celebrated 18th birthday of the Bill.