Spl law to prevent witchcraft practice

Bhubaneswar: The State cabinet on Monday gave its approval to make special legislation to eradicate witchcraft and other similar practices in the State.
 
The proposed legislative envisages that persons will be prohibited to identify, accuse or defame a woman calling her as witch or to practice any witchcraft.
 
Whoever commits witch hunting or abets, or provokes witch-hunting shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine but which shall not be less than one thousand rupees or with both.
 
It further says that branding a woman as witch, forcing her to drink or eat any inedible substance or parade her with painted face or body or commits any similar acts which is derogatory to human dignity or displaced from her house, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year but may extend to five years and with fine.
 
It notes, whoever practices witchcraft or other similar practices with intent to cause harm or injury to any person shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year but which may extend to three years or with fine which shall not be less than five thousand rupees or with both.
 
The proposed legislative further says that whoever performs any practice as witch doctor knowingly that such practices shall cause harm or injury to the person whom such practices is being performed, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year but may extend to three years or with fine which shall not be less than five thousand rupees or with both.