Black Magic

  • MNREGA worker axes mother to death to improve ‘living standard’ June 25, 2014

    A 40-year-old man, who practised black magic, allegedly killed his mother at Bedabara village of Nagaur district in Jaipur as he believed it would improve his life standard, police said on Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Bhanwari Devi, they said. She was allegedly axed to death on Monday by her son...
  • Elderly couple killed on suspicion of practising black magic May 28, 2014

    An elderly couple, suspected to be practising black magic, was killed allegedly by three women in Chhattisgarh's tribal dominated-Jashpur district, police said. Paatrik Kujur (62) and his wife Alveshiya (58) were beaten to death by the women of their village Anghla under Aasta police station limits on suspicion of practising witchcraft,...
  • Pune: Narendra Dabholkar murder case cracked, 2 arrested January 21, 2014

    Five months after he was brutally shot dead in Pune, the police have cracked rationalist Narendra Dabholkar's murder case. Two people have been arrested on the basis of a ballistic report of the gun used in the murder. ...
  • Black magic ads banned in Mumbai suburban trains October 7, 2013

    Mumbai: The Western Railway has banned illegal advertisements carrying messages of tantriks, black magicians and occultists inside the coaches of suburban trains, an official said on Monday. The ban has been enforced under the new Maharashtra Black Magic Act which seeks to eradicate human sacrifice, inhuman, evil and aghori practices. The WR warned...
  • Maharashtra bans black magic, superstitious practices August 25, 2013

    Maharashtra heralds a progressive new era with a comprehensive law banning black magic, witchcraft and other superstitious practices coming into effect, officials said on Sunday. Governor K Sankaranarayanan signed an Ordinance on Saturday evening which will curb all these practices, and award stringent punishment for practitioners. Maharashtra is the first state...
  • CCTV footage of assailants released in Dabholkar murder case August 25, 2013

    Mumbai: In a crucial development in the case of the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar on August 20, Maharashtra police have released CCTV footage of the two alleged assailants on bike. The footage which shows the assailants on the bike was recorded around 6:30 am before the incident happened at...
  • Anti-superstition ordinance promulgated in Maharashtra after Dabholkar's murder August 24, 2013

    The anti black magic and superstition ordinance has been promulgated in Maharashtra, four days after the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune. Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan has given his assent to the anti black magic and superstition ordinance. "The ordinance has been promulgated," a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said in Mumbai this...
  • Maharashtra Cabinet clears anti-black magic and superstition ordinance August 21, 2013

    Mumbai: A day after the daylight murder of prominent rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar in Pune, the Maharashtra Cabinet has cleared the anti-black magic and superstition ordinance. The Dabholkars had been campaigning for this legislation for over a decade. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was even heckled by protesters on Tuesday...
  • Police release sketch of Dabholkar's killer August 21, 2013

    Pune: A massive manhunt has been launched to trace and arrest the two alleged killers of prominent anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar in Pune. Police officials say the two assailants came on a motorcycle and shot dead Dhabolkar who was on a morning walk near the Omkareshwar temple in Pune. Pune...
  • Narendra Dabholkar murder: Politicians call for bandh in Pune today August 21, 2013

    Pune: A day after prominent rationalist and social activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead in Pune, political parties have called a day-long bandh. Dr Dabholkar was spearheading a campaign for the Maharashtra government to pass an anti-superstition, anti-black magic Bill. Rationalists and politicians have come out strongly against Dr Dabholkar's...
  • Anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar shot dead by unknown assailants August 20, 2013

    Activist Narendra Dabholkar, who was in the forefront of a campaign to persuade Maharashtra government to pass an anti-superstition and black magic bill, was shot dead in Pune on Tuesday morning by unknown assailants. Dabholkar was found dead in a pool of blood at Omkareshwar bridge of the city. Dabholkar, who...
  • Tribal widow forced to drink urine, four arrested April 23, 2013

    Hoshangabad: A tribal widow was allegedly forced to drink urine and mercilessly beaten up by members of her own community as they suspected her of practising black magic, police said on Monday. Four persons were arrested following a complaint by the victim, they said. The shocking incident took place in...
  • J'khand: 4 men arrested for piercing woman's tongue with needle April 3, 2013

    Medininagar: Four persons were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly piercing the tongue of a woman with a needle after dubbing her a witch in Jharkhand's Latehar district on Sunday, police said. The four, Subhash Mehta, Arvind Bhuiyan, Dulal Bhuiyan and Bijan Bhuiyan were arrested after the woman Kalawati Devi filed a...
  • Carlos Santana: Indian music is very intense October 22, 2012

    New Delhi: International guitar legend Carlos Santana, who is all set for his maiden trip to India this week, says he is quite familiar with Indian music and finds it very intense. The 65-year-old is in awe of Indian artistes like Ravi Shankar and feels that Indian music can have a...
  • Maharashtra govt dithers over black magic bill August 7, 2011

    Mumbai: The long pending 'Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic' bill is unlikely to be re-introduced in the ongoing monsoon session of the state legislature. Social justice department officials said that the bill is currently being amended after it was approved by...
  • Lemons, witches may decide Karnataka's fate October 10, 2010

    Bengaluru: The BJP deadline for its rebels to return ends on Sunday evening. The state politics plumbs new depths with new allegations of voodoo and witchcraft. And even as the Karnataka political crisis deepens, voodoo hits the Vidhan Souda. Karnataka politics goes from the sublime to the ridiculous as politicians...
  • Two scientists allegedly attempt human sacrifice October 12, 2009

    Bhopal: A case has reportedly been slapped against two senior scientists of the Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, who are accused of allegedly attempting to use their junior colleague as a human sacrifice, police said on Sunday. Shradha Sharma, wife of Sushil Kumar, a junior scientist at the DRDE,...
  • Guj govt to HC: Black magic practiced at Asaram ashram July 3, 2009

    Ahmedabad: There's more than just religious activity and teaching going on at the ashram of religious leader Asaram Bapu in Ahmedabad. According to the state government, it is a site where black magic is practiced. At least, that's what the Gujarat government has told the High Court on Friday. The...
  • Pregnant woman gives birth while hanging February 27, 2008

    Port Moresby: A Papua New Guinea woman gave birth prematurely as she struggled to free herself from a hangman's noose, after villagers lynched her and her husband believing they were involved in sorcery, local media reported. Nolan Yekum and her husband Paul were lynched in Kilip village in the jungle-clad western...