The Bill, among other things, bans the controversial ‘made snana’ ritual, which was prevalent in religious places such as Kukke Subramanya temple. However, it steers clear of attempting to regulate vaastu and astrology, besides several rituals that are performed at home or in religious places and temples. Following protests from within the government and outside, the government had amended the Bill which originally had provisions for banning superstitious practices, including astrology and animal sacrifice. The Bill proposes appointment of police officers as vigilance officers to monitor violations of the provisions of the law and its rules. Persons who obstruct the discharge of duties of the vigilance officers would be punished with an imprisonment of not less than three months and a fine up to ₹5,000 or both.
Source: The Hindu November 14, 2017 18:56 UTC