A potentially fatal ritual
A six-year-old boy sustained serious burn injuries on his body after his father dropped him on red-hot coal during a ritual that was taking place in Jalandhar, Punjab, said one doctor on Monday. While the father was walking barefoot on the burning coal with his son Kartik in his arms, he lost his balance and fell over the coal.
Helping ourselves is better?
The bystanders who were watching the ritual immediately rushed to rescue Kartik and took him to the hospital. However, no one from Kartik’s family accompanied him believing that God will heal his injury. He has suffered burn injuries on his limbs and on one side of his trunk. While his father sustained 15 per cent burns. Around 600 devotees had gathered in Jalandhar city in northern Punjab state for a festival in honour of the goddess Maa Maariamma.
The Logical Indian requests to shun or be careful about rituals which could hurt yourself or others. The father of the child should be tried in court and a punishment should be given which will be a lesson for others who follow it. We live in the 21st century and even at this age there is so much ignorance around us, both people and govt. have to take responsibility of spreading awareness among the masses.