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Psychics in tizzy over UK consumer protection rules

Can you take psychics, tantriks crystal-gazers or mediums to court if predictions of good fortune or ever-lasting love don’t materialise? Yes, you will soon be able to sue them, if you live in Britain or the European Union, thanks to new consumer protection rules coming into force, and soothsayers who earn over 40 million pounds every year in Britain are already in a tizzy. The psychics or babas who claim to speak to the dead or promise ‘100 per cent guarantee’ of love and riches include many from the Indian sub-continent. They are the most prominent advertisers in Asian publications and television channels in various south Asian languages.

The British parliament is currently in the process of repealing the 1951 Fraudulent Mediums Act, which had replaced the 1735 Witchcraft Act, to harmonise trading laws across the EU as per the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive. The House of Lords debated the changes to the act on 23 April, while the House of Commons debate is scheduled for 6 May. The directive comes into effect in the UK from 26 May.

Read the original article at: The Statesman

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