Mumbai, Aug 22: It was justice too late for Dabholkar and his 18 year long campaign against the superstition. A day after his murder, the Maharashtra government passed the ordinance that the deceased had filed 18 years ago.
While his family welcomed the move, happy that their father's death found a meaning, they expressed sorrow at the delay too. "If the government supports the cause in time, people like my father won't be murdered," Dabholkar's daughter Mukta said.
His son Hameed Dabholkar further added,"If a day after he was murdered, the Cabinet can meet and pass this ordinance, then they could have done this 18 years ago when the fight for this was on."
This happened, amidst conspiracy theories right from the cabinet. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday hinted that this could be the work of religious organizations that had logged heads with Dabholkar. "It was wll-planned and well chalked out," he further added. " Similar attack happened in 1948. We have requested the Centre to ban such religious organisations. It won't be right to divulge the names of these organisations at this stage," he said.
All fingers raise at the Hindu right-wing group Sanathan Sanstha, although the group has been maintaining innocence. Similar allegations were made on the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, who nevertheless did not hesitate to spew hatred for the rationalist openly.