Friday, August 21, 2009

DAWN.COM | World | Indian stoning festival banned for being inhuman

DAWN.COM | World | Indian stoning festival banned for being inhuman

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William said...

According to Dawn.com in this article: BHOPAL, India: A centuries-old festival in which residents from rival Indian villages throw stones at each other — often leaving people dead or injured — has been banned, an official said Thursday.

The annual Gotmar festival in an impoverished central region of the country involved teams competing to capture a tree placed in a river running between two villages as crowds pelted rocks and pebbles across the divide.

The origin of the custom is unclear, but many locals in Madhya Pradesh state believe it developed from the tale of two young lovers who lived on either side of the river and wanted to elope together.

As they tried to escape, residents of the two villages started throwing stones at each other and killed the couple, according to folklore.


Now here is an example of a culturally relative centuries old practice that was banned in the name of human rights in India.The article goes on to explain that many people were injured in last years celebration of the event. Here is the first time so far that I have seen a culturally relative tradition apparently stopped without outside interference from human rights organizations. At least none were mentioned in the article.

William

William