Children Were Thrown From 50Ft Height in a Durga in the Sholapur – District Administration Was Mute Spectator.
It was bizarre, disgusting, inhuman and cruel religious practice of throwing new born children from a height of 50ft from the 4th floor, in what was called 700 year old religious ritual being practices year after year on the belief that would bring health and prosperity to the children.
This has happened in a Durga in Sholapur, where 400 parents stood in que to witness the ritual of throwing their children from the height of 50ft. with no fear whatsoever on their faces. As I watched the clippings, I had my heart in my mouth. How could any sane man accept that throwing of children from a height of the 4th floor, would make them healthy and bring prosperity? It was certainly not a religious Islamic practice but a superstitious one. What if the perpetrators were Muslims? They too were the victims of superstition and all men honour should condemned it in strongest terms. I join with them in expressing my deep anguish besides condemning it.
I do not know the name of Sufi Saint buried there in the Durga, where Muslim and Hindu parents came in large number to witness the annual ritual of risking the lives of their children. What was intriguing was the callousness with which the district administration has been allowing these practices to take place year after year. It was not a sudden development, it is happening for the last 700 years.
Why was the police present there failed to stop this ritual? A Police Sub-Inspector spoke to the HT reporter in front of the camera and said that it was a ritual practiced year after year and that no accident or mishap was reported. Even both Muslim and Hindu parents were seen talking to the reporters with a smile on their faces, saying that they had no fear for the lives of their wards, as their firm religious belief was that it would bring good health to the children and prosperity to their families. This is happening in 21st Century and that to in a Muslim tradition, is more unfortunate.
Rights activists lashed out at local officials who allowed hundreds of infants to be dropped from the roof of a mosque in western India in the belief that the fall — which ends when the babies are caught in a bedsheet — would ensure good health and prosperity for their families.
The ritual at the Baba Umer Durga, a Muslim shrine, is believed to have been followed for nearly 700 years, and each year hundreds of people, both Hindus and Muslims, take part in the ritual.
Local officials told television news stations Friday that there had been no reports of injuries.
The infants, mostly under two years old, were dangled Thursday from the roof of the shrine near Sholapur, about 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Mumbai, before being dropped about 50 feet (15 meters) onto a bedsheet held aloft by parents and other believers.
Television channels showed the babies screaming as they were shaken in the air before being dropped.
With high child mortality rates, especially in India’s rural areas, many people resort to rituals which they believe can ensure their children’s health.
/gee, why adopt 21st century child welfare methods like proper pediatric care and vaccinations, when child abuse, ignorance, and superstition have worked so well for 700 years?