Rajasthan passes bill against witch-hunting

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Jaipur, April 9: The Rajasthan assembly on Thursday passed a bill that aims to provide for effective measures to tackle the menace of witch-hunting and witchcraft.

The Rajasthan Prevention of Witch-hunting Bill, 2015 entails a responsibility on the law and order machinery to take preventive measures against both the evils.

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Presenting the bill in the assembly, Minister's of State for Women and Child Development Anita Bhadel said: "At present, there is no penal provision in the state's law to prohibit or punish the accused of witch-hunting and other similar practices."

"The proposed legislation aims at prohibition and prevention of witch-hunting and other similar practices. Thus, the bill will help in tackling the evil consequences and curbing crimes related or resulting from the practice of witch-hunting."

The penal provisions of the proposed legislation provides that every offence under it shall be cognizable and non-bailable.

The bill outlines that whoever indulges in witch-hunting shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year but which may extend to five years or with fine which shall not be less than Rs.50,000 or both.

IANS

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