The family members of anti-superstition campaigner Dr Narendra Dabholkar have decided to stage a dharna at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan on Friday. The Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS) and other organisations working against superstitions will also take part in the dharna. The family members are also planning a protest rally in Pune.
Talking to dna, Dr Dabholkar’s daughter Mukta Patwardhan and son Hamid said, “It is shocking that even after one month of our father’s murder, the killers are still roaming free. This is quite hurting.”
“Unsatisfied with the progress in the investigations so far, MANS members, along with Rashtra Seva Dal and Purogami Sanghatana, have organised a dharna at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai against the government on Friday at 11 am. Also, on Saturday, we will gather at the Omkareshwar Bridge, where my father was killed, and we will shout slogans against the government for failing to arrest the culprits,” Hamid told dna.
Mukta, her husband Anish Patwardhan and MANS activist Avinash Patil recently visited New Delhi to reach out to the masses and to make an appeal to the government to implement the anti-superstition act.
Speaking to dna, Mukta said, “We met various political leaders, social activists and other like-minded people in New Delhi and got a positive response. We had a meeting with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and discussed the act in detail, its significance for society. We also discussed the investigations carried out by Pune and Maharashtra police in the case. Chief ministers of Assam and Tamil Nadu have assured us that the act will be implemented in their states. We met NCP chief Sharad Pawar, CPI-M leaders Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat, and Sitaram Yechury. We also met CPI leader AB Bardhan and BJP’s former chief Nitin Gadkari.”
Anti-Superstition Day suggested
Mukta Patwardhan told dna that Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan assured us that he has appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to announce August 20 as Anti-Superstition Day.