The Law And Paranormal Activity

There are many instances where the law and the court have had to become involved in paranormal cases. It is difficult to set the parameters of the law around such instances where other-worldly forces are deemed to be the threat or held responsible. While the court works with factual information and scientific data, it is not always enough to substantiate certain cases. Courts have to be sensitive to cultural beliefs, not only western perceptions of spiritual activity.

The law, which must remain a constant and consistent point of reference, is sometimes forced to accommodate factors that are beyond the court. In this article, several instances of the law and spiritual activity are shown to interact. While the court tends to separate itself from the ideals of paranormal activity, it is interesting to discover how much of it originates from supernatural activity.

Possession And The Court

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In India, cultural beliefs sustain the norm of spiritual possessions that act against the will of the body possessed. Therefore, the law has difficulties navigating the perpetrator of the crime committed and establishing whether the individual accused was of sound mind or not. Superstition is a large part of the religions that dominate India. Therefore, there are laws in place to attend to these beliefs, as well. What may be recognised as hysteria or a personality disorder  in the West is attributed to spiritual entities in the East. Thus when the law is applied there are measured steps to ensure that justice is served where needed.

There are several cases where an adjudication decision could not be reached because of the spiritual nature involved. Finding middle ground was impossible. While, at times, justice was served, it was a trying route. In one case, the accused stated that she was possessed by an other-worldly entity when she committed the crimes under the spiritual influence of her husband. The court, then, had to establish whether the grounds of her statement were based on insanity or genuine belief of being possessed.

Haunted Houses And The Law

Finding objective grounds in cases of ghosts and haunted houses is complex and delicate. The court has had to ask itself how to deliberate the cases, as it comes into question whether one’s religious beliefs in the Divine were therefore, supposed insanity. Are the followers of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and the many other religions across the globe therefore suffering from mental dilapidation? Unlikely.

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Furthermore, the law becomes involved in the processes of real estate. Does the buyer have the right to know that a home might be haunted because of the spiritual nature claimed to be upon the house? Should they be aware that a murder occurred in the home or is this information not to be disclosed because it is a difficult conversation that involves faiths and unseen entities?

While some people believe it is their right to know if there is a dark entity associated with the house prior to purchase, the law wonders how necessary this is. Every state may, in religion, uphold the same principles, but the way to navigate cases such as these could differ. Cultural differences impact religious beliefs and the way cases are dealt with. Thus, when it comes to spiritual affairs, there is rarely uniformity in the proceedings. Where one may see haunting, another may interpret it as a friendly spirit or energy.

Legislation And Ghosts

The ‘rational’ and ‘illogical’ come to test before the law. This depends wholly on the definition, firstly, of a mentally unhealthy individual. From this, the debates can begin to navigate whether the events in question that are brought before the law are in actuality, an actual case or the illness brought about by mental distress and trauma. This also comes down to the spirituality of the community. For instance, in places that practise far-right ideology, religion is found to be a dominant force.

This rings true in indigenous communities, as well, that reject notions of western liberalism or colonial religious sentiment. The discussion for spirits, ghouls, demons and ghosts is conducted according to the community. What appears illogical to many, may not seem so to many communities.

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The law on the subject of entities like ghosts and demons is a fascinating topic. It continues to be one that is navigated with curiosity and caution with respect, and almost fear, for the spiritual unknown. It wasn’t so long ago that the ruling of the state was done according to religion and the ideas of spirituality that sustained cases against witchcraft, demonic presences and many other ethereal occurrences.

While many governments have since learned to separate the Church from the State (or any religion, rather, from state affairs), the law still finds itself straddling the line. When negotiating the right process and procedure forward, whether it is in Court or by adjudication, there is no way for certain, which way things will go.

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