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Explained: Where Does India Stand On Anti-Superstition And Black Magic Legislations?

While presently there exists no nationwide legislation to deal with superstitious practices, black magic, or human sacrifice in particular, certain sections of the Indian Penal Code enlist penalties applicable for such...

13 October 2022

Condemned, Discriminated, Violated: Horrific Tales Of Witch-Hunting In Odisha

In 2018, 73 witchcraft-related cases were reported across Odisha, out of which 18 were murders. Another 99 cases, including 18 murders, were recorded in the state in 2017.


Superstition Draws Crowd In MP Village, Priest In Video Says 'Pari Mata' Will Protect From Covid

In the video, a large number of people, mostly women, were seen standing at a place in the village and most of them were neither wearing masks nor following the social distancing norms.


Meet The Desi Ghostbusters

With its overload of superstition, myths, ghosts and evil spirits, the Indian market for ghost hunters is niche. But social media may have finally given it wings

29 May 2022

Kerala’s Clubhouse Debut: Emancipatory Voices And Literalist Charlatans

The Club House debates, in general, throw up pictures of a Malayali society that is making giant strides towards a more emancipatory future. They also present its worse detractors – zealots of all hues.


Bizarre! 2-Year-Old Boy Killed By Family Members Over Superstitious Beliefs

The police have arrested the three accused involved in the alleged murder of their 2-year-old nephew

13 February 2021

In Madhya Pradesh, Minor Girls Paraded Naked To Please Rain God

A district official said a response will be submitted to the NCPCR.

07 September 2021

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On Suspicion Of 'Black Magic', Couple Kills Relatives' Six-Year-Old Boy After Its Buffalo Dies

The husband-wife duo suspected the boy's family of practising black magic and blamed them for the death of their buffalo.

05 February 2021

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20 January 2021
Epiphany Celebrations Around The World: In Pictures

Epiphany Celebrations Around The World: In Pictures

Water that is blessed by a cleric on Epiphany is considered holy and pure until next year's celebration, and is believed to have special powers of protection...


07 December 2020
‘Ashwathama Hata!’

‘Ashwathama Hata!’

The milk-made Ganesha of 1995 offers us a parable for today: when motivated myths, rumours and lies cross over from mass culture to the media, the truth...


31 October 2020
Conmen Sell ‘Aladdin’s Lamp’ To Meerut Doctor For Rs 31 Lakh

Conmen Sell ‘Aladdin’s Lamp’ To Meerut Doctor For Rs 31 Lakh

Doctor made to believe of the ‘magical’ features of the lamp that summons a ‘genie’.


25 October 2020
UP Man Slits His Throat For 'Sacrificial Ritual' At Temple

UP Man Slits His Throat For 'Sacrificial Ritual' At Temple

Rukmani Mishra (49) reached Koteshwar Temple on Saturday night and tried to slit his throat with a knife: Officials


13 October 2020
90-Year-Old Man Buried Alive For ‘Witchcraft’ In Meghalaya, Body Exhumed

90-Year-Old Man Buried Alive For ‘Witchcraft’ In Meghalaya, Body Exhumed

The body with hands and legs tied and face covered was exhumed on Monday from a 5-feet-deep pit.


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10 January 2020
Nutrition Warriors | Hot Iron In A Child's Belly -- A District Collector's Fight Against Superstition In A MP District

Nutrition Warriors | Hot Iron In A Child's Belly -- A District Collector's Fight Against Superstition In A MP District

A district collector takes it upon himself to rid the region of a degrading practice visited upon sick children—the scourge of daagna


12 October 2019
Thirty Two Years After Roop Kanwar's Death, Blind Faith Still Overshadows Reason

Thirty Two Years After Roop Kanwar's Death, Blind Faith Still Overshadows Reason

Roop Kanwar, a teen widow who committed sati by burning herself on the pyre of her husband, has attained divinity in Rajasthan's Sikar district


31 May 2019
Tankful Of Woes: Prayer For Rains Exposes Tamil Nadu's Inability To Harvest Water

Tankful Of Woes: Prayer For Rains Exposes Tamil Nadu's Inability To Harvest Water

With reservoirs running dry, Tamil Nadu's water restoration system has struck a controversial note even as the government issues diktat on how the rain god...


27 May 2019
Men's Heads Tonsured, Women's Nails Trimmed Over Refusal To Perform Rituals In Jharkhand

Men's Heads Tonsured, Women's Nails Trimmed Over Refusal To Perform Rituals In Jharkhand

The accused were detained on Sunday, after the police received information about the incident that took place in Chhota Krishnapur village on May 23.


08 March 2019
The 'Lucky Chair' That Made Modi PM, Or So Believes The BJP

The 'Lucky Chair' That Made Modi PM, Or So Believes The BJP

The Kanpur unit considers the wooden chair auspicious, and its leaders feel it will help the Bharatiya Janata Party form the government again at the Centre and...


08 March 2019
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02 March 2019
The Subcontinental Menu

The Subcontinental Menu

From BMC's proposal to convert at least 10 old BEST buses into mobile loos to an Arunachal lawmaker accused of casting a voodoo spell on voters, read this and...


08 February 2019
The Subcontinental Menu

The Subcontinental Menu

From 'forest forensics' in MP to catch sandalwood and teak smugglers to why Chinese supremacists don’t want monasteries to teach Tibetan to young Tibetans...


07 December 2018
The Subcontinental Menu

The Subcontinental Menu

From report cards from government for Karnataka school teachers' performance to Pakistan government's decision to convert Kapoor haveli into a museum, read...


03 November 2018
No Heaven For Women? | By Devdutt Pattanaik

No Heaven For Women? | By Devdutt Pattanaik

Patriarchy manifests most strongly in spiritual discourse­, and there’s no religion free from it


16 October 2018
Sabarimala: Restrictions On Women A 'Recent Phenomenon'

Sabarimala: Restrictions On Women A 'Recent Phenomenon'

Sabarimala Temple's newfound popularity is said to have provoked the first formal restrictions.


26 September 2018
Maharashtra: Anti-Superstition Activists Booked For Celebrating Birthday In Crematorium

Maharashtra: Anti-Superstition Activists Booked For Celebrating Birthday In Crematorium

"As part of the birthday celebration, Shinde served non-veg food to the guests. Some of those present clicked photos of the event, which went viral on social...


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