Archive for July, 2008

Barun Roy – 3 years old

Posted in Photo Feature on July 30, 2008 by Barun Roy

Thats me folks when I was 3 years old. My mother took me to Chowrasta and since I loved riding the horse and feasting on the ice creams, I am at my happiest mood. By the way pic is that of 1978 not 1890 – 1910 as Subash predicts.

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The Brute Gang and Barun Roy

Posted in Photo Feature on July 28, 2008 by Barun Roy

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Villagers throw babies from temple roof

Posted in News on July 15, 2008 by Barun Roy

CNN) — In a ritual that would terrify most mothers, Indian villagers have cheered as screaming babies were dropped from a 50-foot temple tower.

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For 500 years, worshippers at a Muslim shrine in western India have continued the tradition — a rite considered to bring good health and good luck to the children.

The infants land and bounce on a bed-sheet held taut by men 50 feet below, and are quickly passed through the crowd to their mothers.

Villagers say no babies have been injured during the ritual, which is practiced by Muslims and Hindus in Musti village in the district of Solapur, in the state of Maharashtra. Video Watch worshippers throw babies from tower. ยป

It also takes place elsewhere in the country, mostly in smaller villages, on special occasions.

Parents who want their infants to participate in the event first take a vow at the Baba Sheikh Umar Saheb Dargah, or temple. Villagers say the ritual is a way of giving thanks. But critics want the practice banned, with many saying it’s unsafe.

“The state has to interfere,” said Sanal Edamaruku, founder and president of Rationalist International and the Indian Rationalist Association. The group supports secularism and freedom of expression.