Stringent law against superstition needed: Pinarayi Vijayan

He said issues related to blind belief cannot be addressed by government intervention, the public, too, needs to be aware.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi VijayanFile

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said there needs to be a strong law against superstitions in the light of the murder of two women as part of black magic.

Vijayan said at an event here that the government intends to come out with the stringent law.

He said issues related to blind belief cannot be addressed by government intervention, the public, too, needs to be aware.

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He said believing in religion does not make one superstitious.

His statement comes in the wake of two women allegedly sacrificed as part of black magic in Pathanamthitta district of the State.

Three people -- Bhagaval Singh (68), a massage therapist, and Laila (59), his wife, and Mohammed Shafi (52), their associate, were arrested after details of the murder came out on October 11.

The women, who earned their livelihood by selling lottery, were killed to settle the financial issues of the couple and make them rich, according to police.

According to the police, Shafi had convinced the couple that human sacrifice would end their woes.

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