BANGALORE:, INDIA, January 14, 2013 (India Times): Soon, astrologers in Karnataka may have to register with the government. In an effort to check black magic, voodoo and witchcraft, the muzrai department is mulling over a policy in this regard. There is no law now to govern astrology, which is a huge business in the state.
"A committee comprising well-known astrologers, bureaucrats and experts will be constituted to find out ways to eliminate black magic. The committee will submit a report whether astrologers need to register with the government. The final decision will be subject to the committee's recommendations," muzrai minister Kota Srinivas Poojary told TOI.
The minister said they need to monitor those who exploit people in the name of astrology, witchcraft and rituals. "We have been hearing of reports that the services of black magic practitioners and sorcerers are enlisted even to cure fever. All these should end," he said.
The proposal for registering hasn't gone down well with the astrologers and rationalists. Noted astrologer Daivajna KN Somayaji, though, welcomed the objective, saying he wanted to know the criteria for registration. "Which organization will fix qualification for us? Anyone can register and hang a board stating he is a government-recognized astrologer. This will lead to commercialization of the profession," he said.