‘Anti-superstition Bill without authority would make law toothless’

Progressive writer Prof Arvind Malagatti noted that implementation of the much-debated Anti-superstition Bill without Karnataka Superstition Authority would only make the law toothless.

Speaking at a discussion programme on Karnataka Anti-superstition Bill, organised by the city chapter of Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KaSaPa) and Karnataka Rajya Hindulida Vargagala Jagruta Vedike (KRHVJV) at the KaSaPa office, here on Thursday, Prof Malagatti said that the bill was subjected to many reviews and alterations and yet not implemented.

Prof Malagatti expressed concern over politics being played in finalising the bill. “Earlier a law college in Dharwad had submitted the draft after review followed by a law college in Bengaluru. Again the bill is being reviewed as the recommendations did not go down well with a few politicians,” he added.

“The present recommendations by Veerabhadra Channamala Swamy, opposes formation of the authority and rather recommend for a vigilance committee under a police inspector. It won’t work as it would be an additional burden to the police officials who already are reeling under job pressure,” Prof Malagatti opined.

The moment Chief Minister Siddaramaiah visited the jinxed Chamarajanagar after assuming charge, Prof Malagatti said, he believed the CM would certainly bring the bill to put a permanent end to evil practices in the society. “It’s high time the government considers the recommendations of the law schools and implement a strong bill for the benefit of the society,” he said.

Calling television channels the headquarters of superstition, Malagatti criticised the electronic media organisations for promoting astrology through the astrology programmes every morning. “This is the double standard of electronic media as it fights against wrongdoings and also encourages such beliefs,” he bemoaned.

KRHVJV president K Shivramu said, “The Maharashtra government implemented Anti-superstition Bill after the killing of two renowned writers. Karnataka too has lost a writer, MM Kalburgi. Is the government waiting for another writer to be killed to implement the bill,” he asked.

Rudrappa K S and Gurudev Aradhya were felicitated for their contributions in the Department of Police on the occasion. President of KRHVJV youth unit Beerappa H was also felicitated.

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