How many laws against superstition, under which law complaint has been made against Dhirendra Shastri

Bageshwar Dham Sarkar Dhirendra Shastri of Madhya Pradesh is currently in discussion. He has been accused of spreading superstition by the Andh Shraddha Nirmulan Samiti of Nagpur, Maharashtra. Dhirendra Shastri claims that he can read people’s mind with his divine powers. Shows solutions to their problems. Followers of Dhirendra Shastri call it a miracle. On the other hand, his opponents say that when the Andh Shraddha Nirmulan Samiti in Nagpur challenged him to prove his claims, Baba moved to Raipur fearing the Andh Shraddha Nirmulan Act. The committee has also filed a police complaint against Dhirendra Shastri.

Let us know what the law says about spreading blind faith in the country? If someone is found guilty of this, how much punishment can be given to him? What action can be taken against the guilty? What is the Superstition Abolition Act of Maharashtra? 

Law against spreading superstition  
There is no specific central law regarding superstition in India. The Witch-hunting Prevention Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016. But could not pass. There are different laws in the country through which it can be banned.

In case of murder due to superstition, action can be taken under the sections of the Indian Penal Code. Article 51A (H) of the Indian Constitution makes it a fundamental duty for Indian citizens to develop scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of reform. On the other hand, there is a provision for action under the Drugs and Magic Remedies Act, 1954, against those who claim to cure any disease in a miraculous or divine way. Spreading superstition can also be stopped through this.

Which states have made laws
Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan, Assam, Maharashtra and Karnataka have made laws to stop superstition. Bihar was the first state to enact a law to stop witchcraft, to label a woman as a witch, and to prevent torture, humiliation and killing of women. It was named ‘The Prevention of Witch (Witch) Practice Act’. This law is effective from October 1999. 

There was a long movement in Maharashtra against superstition and witchcraft. Many people lost their lives in this. After this, in 2013, the Maharashtra Prevention and Abolition of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman Acts Act was passed. Through this, inhuman practices, black magic etc. were banned in the state. A section of this law specifically deals with ‘godman’ Relating to the claims of (the self-existent God or his incarnation). This is for those who claim that they have supernatural powers. There is a demand for action against Dhirendra Shastri in Nagpur under this law. 

There are a total of 12 clauses in the Maharashtra Prevention and Abolition of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman Acts Act. They mark different crimes. If someone is found guilty in this, then there is a provision of imprisonment for a minimum of six months and a maximum of seven years. Apart from this, there is also a provision of fine ranging from five thousand to 50 thousand rupees. These offenses are non-bailable and cognizable. 

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