At least six minor women had been paraded bare in a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh district as a part of a ritual to please the rain god and get aid from the drought-like scenario, officers mentioned on Monday.
Taking cognisance, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) additionally sought a report from the Damoh district administration about this incident which occurred on Sunday at Baniya village underneath the Jabera police station space, about 50 km from the Damoh district headquarter, within the Bundelkhand area. A district official mentioned a response will likely be submitted to the NCPCR.
Damoh superintendent of police (SP) DR Teniwar mentioned the police obtained the data that some younger women had been paraded bare to appease the God of rains as a part of native apply and prevailing social evils.
“Police are investigating this incident. Action will be taken if it is found that girls were forced to go naked,” he mentioned, including villagers consider that this apply could lead to rain.
According to beliefs, younger women are made to stroll bare with a wood shaft rested on their shoulders with a frog tied to it. Women accompanying these women sing bhajans to reward the rain god, he mentioned.
Damoh collector S Krishna Chaitanya mentioned the native administration will submit a report on this regard to the NCPCR.
He mentioned the dad and mom of those women are additionally concerned on this incident and they are going to be made conscious of such superstitious practices.
The district collector mentioned not one of the villagers complained about this ‘ritual’.
“In such cases, the administration can only make the villagers aware about the futility of such superstition and make them understand that such practices don’t yield desired results,” he advised reporters.
Meanwhile, two movies of the incident have surfaced. In one of many video clips, women (trying aged round 5 years) with out garments are seen strolling facet by facet with a wood shaft resting on their shoulders with a frog tied to it. A gaggle of girls singing bhajans follows the procession.
In one other video, some ladies may be heard saying that this ritual was being carried out because the paddy crop is drying within the absence of rains.
“We believe that this will bring in rains,” they are often heard telling the one that recorded the incident.
These ladies mentioned they are going to gather uncooked meals grain from villagers throughout this procession after which cook dinner meals for ‘bhandara’ (group feast) at an area temple.
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