Black Magic in Digital Era

Bangalore City Crime State Top Story

Black magicians in Karnataka use the Internet to approach clients and encash on their weakness.

By Manasi Pawar

Bengaluru, March 26, 2019

The Information Technology (IT) hub of the country has advanced the black magicians to reach out to more people through the Internet. With more and more black magicians shifting their jobs from doing it underground to going on the Internet, has helped them to boost their income in the 21st century.

A black magic specialist that owns one of a website on the Internet is famously called Vashikaran (Spell) Baba said, “I get clients almost every day. I started a website last year, and since then I have been getting a lot of clients, more than what I got earlier.”

Vashikaran baba has been in this business for 30 years. According to him, his whole family was into this business before him as well, and he learned black magic from his parents.

Manoj S, a resident of Bangalore who had been to this baba for help has written positive feedback on the website; it says, “He has the proof of excellence in astrology. His strong and perfect predictions, remedies are so accurate that one can`t believe without taking an appointment with him. I was not misguided and not even forced when I visited him first. Now in every critical matter, I discuss with him and take decisions.”

Apart from the black magicians in the city adapting to the digital age, some people in the villages of Karnataka have to take up this job because of low income. Basavappa Reddy, a fisherman from Siriguppa, agreed to the fact that black magic is still prevalent in the dark and dingy corners of the state.

He said, “As there is no rain, we don’t get any income, one of my relatives performed a ritual and sacrificed a goat. After that their family migrated to the city, and now they are in a good position.”

K.N Yeshwantha Kumar, the cyber crime police inspector in Bengaluru, said, “We have been tracking down some of the websites that offer black magic appointments. Most of them operate on the dark web. We have a different team for tracking crimes going on the dark web, another side of the Internet.”

Kumar said that this is common, due to superstitions among the people of the country. “Even today people prefer going to a tantric (black magicians) to solve their problems. It will take time for the people to change their perceptions.”

First three states to enact a law against witchcraft and black magic were Bihar, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh. Karnataka government passed a bill in 2017, known as The Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill in 2017. Under this act, the culprit will be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with a fine which may be extended to Rs 5,000, or with both.