Buoyed by the initial success of the newly promulgated anti-superstition ordinance,the Maharashtra Andashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) has decided to make the movement visible on the national level. A special delegation of MANS,including Anish Patwardhan,son-in-law of the slain anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholar,would visit Delhi next week to hold talks with various political parties and social groups to garner support for the movement.
Patwardhan said the delegation would meet students and faculty of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and also the left leaders in the capital.
JNU is acknowledged as the nerve centre for rational thoughts and we want to share our ideas on the movement at the institute. In the political spectrum,left wing politicians are more rational and we hope to draw their attention towards the ordinance. We will urge them to press for the movement at the national level,
Within days of the assassination of Dabholkar,the state government had issued an ordinance which was being advocated by MANS for years.
Patwardhan said within weeks of it being promulgated,the ordinance has started showing its effect,with people coming forward and complaining about alleged acts of black magic.
As of now,five cases have been registered in various parts of the state. In Nashik,after residents heard digging sounds from their neighbours house during the night,they went to police station to register a complaint. When the police rushed to the spot,they found preparatory rites for an alleged human sacrifice ready. Timely intervention stopped what would have been a cold blooded murder, he said.
MANS volunteers are pleasantly surprised with the interest the ordinance has evoked in various parts of the country. We are hopeful of taking up the issue at the national level, he said