Subject: 'Witches' Face Fine In Tajikistan Sun 16 Dec 2007, 9:59 pm
The lower house of parliament in Tajikistan has endorsed a bill to try to tackle what it describes as fortune-telling and witchcraft.
Those found engaging in superstitious activities could be fined $200
Belief in the occult is widespread in many former Soviet societies. The Tajik authorities say those claiming occult powers are charlatans. The bill still needs the upper house of parliament and the president to approve it, but this is considered a formality. "Those indulging in sorcery and fortune-telling shall be fined between 30 and 40 times the minimum monthly wage."
Earlier this year President Emomali Rakhmon introduced heavy fines for extravagant weddings and funerals as part of an anti-poverty drive.
He set out strict limits on the numbers of guests, meals and cars permitted.
A draft text of the new law says:"Those indulging in sorcery and fortune-telling shall be fined between 30 and 40 times the minimum monthly wage."
Tajikistan is the poorest of the ex-Soviet states in central Asia. It borders Afghanistan and suffered civil war between 1992 and 1997.
estephen0126 Wandering Soul
Subject: Re: 'Witches' Face Fine In Tajikistan Wed 05 May 2010, 3:07 am
im from philippines, interesting topic, fortune teller has no defenite income,how can they be fined?
LordStoneRaven The Black Pope
Subject: Re: 'Witches' Face Fine In Tajikistan Wed 05 May 2010, 3:33 am
To be honest I don't really know. This was a topic I had came upon a while back and thought it to be of interest. I would love to find more updated topics on this.