dangerous ritual to be banned!
Yup, that’s the ritual above — baby throwing! =( And for once in this blog, I agree that this banning is right. According to reports, Muslims in a remote Indian village have their naked babies thrown backwards from a height of 50 feet (15 meters) onto a stretched canvas sheet held by a group of devotees waiting below. CNN reports that the baby bounces off the sheet and is caught by one of the devotees before being passed around to much cheer and jubilation from the catchers, in front of a large crowd of villagers, including the mothers.
The age-old tradition is practiced at the Baba Sheikh Umar Saheb Dargah in Solapur, Maharashtra, and people come from miles for the annual event. The baby-throwing gesture is meant to thank God for the arrival of a baby for couples who took a vow at the shrine. The villagers also say it is good for the health of the child. But critics want the practice to be stopped. Sanal Edamaruku (president of the group Rationalist International) said,
“Such bizarre rituals should be banned and the state government should intervene. Such practices are a challenge to our sensibilities and the basic concept of common well-being.”