The Karnataka Cabinet has passed the Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2017. This Bill has been much debated and much delayed and still needs to be cleared by the State Legislature before it can effectively do away with practices involving black magic and various acts which causes harm to humans and animals alike. It it a very interesting piece of legislation which aims to ban practices like ritualistic sacrifices, segregation of menstruating women etc.
The Cabinet under Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of Madhya Pradesh has approved of the resolution which proposed death penalty in the case where the victim is 12 years old or below as well for gang rape convicts. The Bill to the same effect is due to be introduced in the Winter session of the assembly as per the Finance Minister of Madhya Pradesh Jayant Malaiya.
However, there are hurdles to be cleared before such a proposal becomes the law. If it gets passed by the assembly, it would still have to be sent to the Centre and ultimately to the President of India for approval.