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Ritual or Barbaric Tradition? The Inhumane custom of Baby-Dropping in Karnataka

Parts of Karnataka and Maharashtra practice the ritual of throwing babies off a 30-feet tower to bring good luck and joy

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Baby throwing ritual. Image source: www.vishwagujarat.com
  • Different parts of India have different cultures and practice numerous rituals 
  • In Maharashtra and Karnataka, there is the ritual of throwing a baby from a 30 feet tower towards the ground
  • This ritual appears to have no logic whatsoever and apparently it is supposed to bring good luck

Religious dogmas are something that Ancient India strongly believes in. Even though the country is blessed with numerous cultures, there is no denying that it also brings with it bizarre traditions and inhumane practices. When rituals do not demand the application of simple logic, they become prejudices. One such prejudice is the system or ritual of throwing babies from a 30 feet tower to the ground.

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A priest dropping the baby from the tower. Image Courtesy : odditycentral.com
A priest dropping the baby from the tower. Image Source: odditycentral.com

The practice has been a regular sight in Karnataka and Maharashtra, both for Hindus and Muslims, since its inception about 700 years ago. Even though the ritual is local to a small part of India, the heinous nature of the ritual and the lack of mercy in the hearts of people have grabbed a lot of attention. Some believe that no matter how important a ritual is to a culture; such inhuman malpractices should be immediately banned. However, some bigots believe that a culture should have the freedom to carry on with its rituals and prejudices, irrespective of the nature of it, reported the allindiaroundup.com Website.

People ready to catch the infant. Image Courtesy: manicanworld.com
People ready to catch the infant. Image Source: manicanworld.com

The practice starts with the priests taking the babies and dropping them from the 30-feet tower. On the ground, there are people who stand along with an arrangement to catch the child and prevent him or her from directly hitting the floor. Then, they hand over the infant to his or her mother and the area bursts in celebrations. People believe that it is supposed to bring good luck and joy.

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According to allindiaroundup.com, in 2011, Maharashtra has aimed to put a ban on this practice but it did not work out well and the practice was resumed. It continues to be exercised at Baba Umer Dargah near Sholapur, Maharashtra & Sri Santeswar temple, Karnataka.

-This article is modified by Aitreyee Sengupta, an intern at NewsGram. 

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  • Aparna Gupta

    That’s insane! How can one think of dropping a child, it shows lack of mercy in human beings.

  • AJ Krish

    Outrageous! Throwing a baby down 30 feet? Are they out of their mind?

  • Neeraj Gaur

    wtf…this is really insane ….how could people throw baby from the height of 30 plus….

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  • Heena Sharma

    Barbaric! We need to rise above these kinds of cruelty.

  • Aakash Mandyal

    Religious dogmatic believes……..orthodox people …is such rituals have any relation with reality??.

  • Diksha Arya

    I don’t understand.. how can such an inhumane tradition bring good luck and joy in people’s lives…

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  • Aparna Gupta

    That’s insane! How can one think of dropping a child, it shows lack of mercy in human beings.

  • AJ Krish

    Outrageous! Throwing a baby down 30 feet? Are they out of their mind?

  • Neeraj Gaur

    wtf…this is really insane ….how could people throw baby from the height of 30 plus….

  • Heena Sharma

    Fully detailed information.

  • Heena Sharma

    You Have Brilliant Information. Thanks For this Awesome Information.
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  • Heena Sharma

    Ration Card is Our ID Proof For India and this is important for us .

  • Heena Sharma

    Barbaric! We need to rise above these kinds of cruelty.

  • Aakash Mandyal

    Religious dogmatic believes……..orthodox people …is such rituals have any relation with reality??.

  • Diksha Arya

    I don’t understand.. how can such an inhumane tradition bring good luck and joy in people’s lives…

  • Really This Article was filled with good information. Thanks

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Sabarimala Tantri Gets More Time to Explain Purification Rituals

Vijayan had said that Rajeeveru has every right as a person to differ with the court order but if he was not able to digest the verdict, he could well have quit his post

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Sabarimala temple custodian, the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB), on Monday extended time to Tantri Kantararu Rajeeveru to explain why a “purification” ritual was conducted following the visit of two women devotees to the Lord Ayyappa shrine just after New Year, said a board official.

“Till Sunday he was at Sabarimala. Now that he is free, he might have to take opinion from others before he gives his reply. So we gave him another 15 days time,” TDB president A. Padmakumar told the media here.

“Generally when a normal purification ritual is done, the tantri does not need to take the permission of the TDB, but what happened on January 2, was not a normal one,” Padmakumar added.

The temple was shut for an hour around 10.30 a.m., on January 2, for “purification rituals” after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed two women — Bindu Ammini and Kanaka Durga, belonging to the hitherto banned age group — completed a ‘darshan’ at 3.30 a.m. in Sabarimala.

“We have asked for an explanation from him (Rajeeveru), why the TDB permission was not sought,” said Padmakumar.

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On January 4, after serving the notice to the tantri, Padmakumar said the purification ritual went against the directive of the Supreme Court that on September 28 allowed all women entry inside the shrine.

Action against the tantri for closing the shrine to conduct the “purification” ritual would depend on his explanation of the action, especially as Vijayan had asked the TDB to take a serious look into the matter.

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Confirming the entry of Kanaka Durga and Bindu Ammini then, the Chief Minister had said that the state abided by the apex court directive and had come down heavily on the tantri for the blatant violation.

Vijayan had said that Rajeeveru has every right as a person to differ with the court order but if he was not able to digest the verdict, he could well have quit his post. (IANS)