India currently practices two school of superstitions – pointless and pure evil. Everyone knows the pointless kind – don’t cut your nails after dark, the whole black cat crossing your path thing and more. Then there’s the the dark kind. So dark it’s called black magic and requires blood and men chanting gibberish.
The Newsminute reported that a man got burnt badly on May 3 while taking part in a fire-walking ceremony. Another was burned last month. April also saw the beheading of two Dalit men, allegedly for a ritual sacrifice. That’sthe kind of stuff that the Anti-Superstition Bill can crack down on, provided the current government stops playing around and faces this evil head on.
How evil is superstition, you still ask ?
Tantriks are molesting women
A quick Google search showed me multiple stories of tantriks (practitioners of the dark arts, or sothey claim) raping or molesting women in the last 4 years. These guys are sick – they’re attempting to harass girls as young as 10! They lure them to an isolated place by claiming they’ll perform puja in private with the victim, and then attack.
They’re robbing people
All those goofy ads to sell you a protection ‘kavach’ against ‘Shani’ aren’t as benevolent as you’d imagine. This stuff is most probablymade in China (or sweatshop in UP),shipped wholesale, and pimped outin the name of religion to people who are afraid of everything. And for every 10,000 skeptics, there’s atleast one guy who’s going to assume that a piece of plastic and metal bought online can save him.If the salesman of these trinkets can pay rates that between Rs 5,000-15,000 for a 20 minutes slot everyday, they’re clearly rolling in money.
Kids are being hurt, or even
In the name of sacrifice, tantriks are killing kids. In July last year, IBN Live reported the death of a 4 year old boy, allegedly sacrificed bythe parents of another ailing child for his quick recovery.
The Jagran has reported another practice where babies are dropped from a 50 feet high tower, and caught by crowds in Baba Umer Dargah near Sholapur, Maharashtra,and Sri Santeswar temple in Karnataka. In October 2011, a 7 year old was reportedly sacrificed inside a BSF camp in Meghalaya, and his body cut open, with incensesticks shoved into his skull.
People are going to occult healers instead of doctors
Most of India’s major religions are guilty of this.
Here’s just one incident from hundreds – last year a 22 year old cancer patient died, because her parents took her to tantriks instead of doctors – the TOI reported. The tantriks blamed evil spirits (like they always do). In November last year, she was diagnosed with the last stage of brain cancer.
Among superstitious Muslims, it is common to apply a ‘taveez’ on someone unwell, instead of going to the doctor.
And the concept of big ticket Christian faith healers like Benny Hinn, who often demonstrate healing people by touching them, isalso finding traction in India.
Superstition leads to dangerous practices
There’s a fine line between dangerous superstition and just faith. People let cows trample themselves in the name of religion in Bhiwdawad village, and the BJP iscurrently obsessed with making cow urine into our national beverage, though it might be dangerous
Women are being killed in the name of witch hunting
In the name of witch hunting, villagers are:
i. Killing widows or unmarried women so can acquire their land.
ii. Killing women as punishment if their husband suddenly died, accusing them of witchcraft.
iii. Killing women for other reasons of revenge, including blaming themfor crop failure.
According to National Crime Records Bureau data, 2,097 murders were committed between 2000 and 2012 driven by the intentof witch hunting. Witch hunting is very much active in Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Assam and Bihar, and is also common among minority communities. Last year, Indian athlete Debjani Bora was branded a witch, and beaten severely, after 4 people in her village (Karbi Anglong, Assam state) died.
Birds and animals are also victims of superstition
Here’s just two examples of how black magic is killing the ecosystem.
India’s owl population soon might be endangered, because witchcraft quacks are buying owls and their carcasses for occult practices.
A report by the World Wildlife Fund and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has shown that owls are being caught, dead or alive, and being traded, so that their parts (skull, feathers, blood, meat and bones) can be usedin black magic ceremonies.
If any of you guys actually believe in tantriks, watch this. It’s a tantrik’schallenge to kill someone using his magic – which obviously failed. Pretty