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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.

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. »

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.


Students injured in freak car accident

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2007 by Barun Roy

injured girlDarjeeling: Four students were severely injured today when a Ghoom Jorebungalow Motor Syndicate Taxi they had boarded fell into a ditch near Batasia. The students were returning home after attending the peace rally organized by the citizens of Darjeeling. An elderly lady and five men from Ghoom were among those injured. The injured were immediately rushed to the District Hospital at Darjeeling by local Samaritans and attended upon by the emergency staff. According to Dikchin Lamu a student from St. Joseph’s College, who was the first to be brought to the hospital, the driver while fiddling for coins lost control and inadvertently led the car into a ditch. No charges have been so far made against the driver so far.


Samaritan Anand Pradhan and Rupen Biswakarma who rushed the injured to the Hospital.

Six hrs of relaxation – passes unobserved

Posted in News with tags , , , , on November 27, 2007 by Barun Roy

deserted clubside Darjeeling: Six hours of relaxation was announced by the GNLF today in order to allow the people to prepare themselves for a long strike ahead. The relaxation that was scheduled from 10 am however, passed unobserved as the market remained closed and the people chose to stay at home. No communication from the Administration was also forthcoming on the suspension of the Section 144.

The strike had been called to demand the arrest of the assailants who attacked and wounded K. B. Gurung, a former DGHC Councillor and GNLF leader.

Darjeeling Shut Down

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on September 30, 2007 by Barun Roy


Darjeeling 11 am: The Market remained closed today due to the reported racial clashes in Siliguri. No untoward situation was reported.

Agitating populace in Darjeeling

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