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Call for passage of anti-superstition Bill

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GUWAHATI, July 31 - Welcoming the cabinet approval to the draft of anti-superstition Bill, social organisation Brothers today said that once enacted and implemented on ground, the Act would deter the superstitious practices due to prevalent illiteracy and ignorance in the rural pockets.

The organisation, which has been asserting that most of the cases of witch hunting-related violence are related to personal feud, property dispute, etc., said that the Act would discourage the perpetrators of violence in the name of superstition.

General secretary of Brothers, Dibyajyoti Saikia, while welcoming the cabinet decision, urged the MLAs of all the political parties to extend their support to the Bill in the State Assembly for early and smooth enactment of the law in the Assembly session starting from August 10.

�Due to the lack of a properly laid down mechanism to prevent such violence, it is difficult to convince the people that superstitious practices are criminal. Since 2001, more than 180 people have been killed in the name of witch hunting and superstition in the State. More than 300 people have been directly affected by witch hunting and superstition-related violence in the State,� said a statement from Brothers.

The organisation further demanded that proper steps should be taken for ensuring a coordination between the State health and education departments to make people aware about different health conditions and impacts of superstitious malpractices.

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Call for passage of anti-superstition Bill

GUWAHATI, July 31 - Welcoming the cabinet approval to the draft of anti-superstition Bill, social organisation Brothers today said that once enacted and implemented on ground, the Act would deter the superstitious practices due to prevalent illiteracy and ignorance in the rural pockets.

The organisation, which has been asserting that most of the cases of witch hunting-related violence are related to personal feud, property dispute, etc., said that the Act would discourage the perpetrators of violence in the name of superstition.

General secretary of Brothers, Dibyajyoti Saikia, while welcoming the cabinet decision, urged the MLAs of all the political parties to extend their support to the Bill in the State Assembly for early and smooth enactment of the law in the Assembly session starting from August 10.

�Due to the lack of a properly laid down mechanism to prevent such violence, it is difficult to convince the people that superstitious practices are criminal. Since 2001, more than 180 people have been killed in the name of witch hunting and superstition in the State. More than 300 people have been directly affected by witch hunting and superstition-related violence in the State,� said a statement from Brothers.

The organisation further demanded that proper steps should be taken for ensuring a coordination between the State health and education departments to make people aware about different health conditions and impacts of superstitious malpractices.