The Maharashtra government on Wednesday (August 21) decided to promulgate an ordinance to check black magic and inhuman religious rituals, a day after anti-superstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead fighting against the social malady. Amid spontaneous public outrage and grief over 69-year-old Dabholkar's killing, the state Cabinet approved the ordinance, which is likely to be promulgated in a day or two after its ratification by Governor K Sankaranarayanan, sources in the state secretariat said. The sources said the Bill against black magic, blind faith and superstition would be passed in the next session of state legislature. Dabholkar, who was running an anti-superstitionmovement in Maharashtra and had even drafted a Bill for the purpose in the late 1990s, was shot dead in Pune yesterday by two motorcycle-borne assailants when he was out for amorning walk. No arrests have been made in the case yet. Political parties and social organisations, who had called a "symbolic bandh" against Dabholkar's murder, took outa protest march and held demonstrations in Pune. Shops and business establishments were partially closed but normal life was not disrupted.
In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Dr. Hamid Dabholkar, Son of Late Dr. Narendra Dabholkar; Mukta Dabholkar, Daughter of Late Dr. Narendra Dabholkar; John Dayal , Former President, All India Catholic Union; Shobha De, Author and Columnist; Sumaira Abdulali, Activist; Nawab Malik, Spokesperson, NCP; Shweta Parulekar, Spokesperson, Shiv Sena; Advocate Sanjeev Punalekar, Speaker & Advisor, Sanatan Sanstha and Ashoke Pandit, Filmmaker and Social Activist -- discuss whether, instead of merely suggesting should the Government tell if they are sure that right wing groups got the activist killed?