As some parts of Madhya Pradesh are facing drought like situation, locals are forced to resort to superstitions to make rain gods happy. A case has been reported in a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh district where at least six girls were stripped naked as part of a malafide practice, allegedly to please the deity for rain and to get relief from drought-like situation.
Taking cognizance of the matter, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has summoned the Damoh district administration to report the incident. Meanwhile, two videos of the incident have also surfaced in which girls are seen naked.
The bizzare incident took place on Sunday in Bania village of Jabera police station area, about 50 km from Damoh district headquarters of Bundelkhand region. Damoh District Magistrate S Krishna Chaitanya said that the report would be submitted to the NCPCR.
District Superintendent of Police (SP) DR Tenivar said the police had received information that some minor girls were made to walk naked to please the rain god as part of a locally prevalent malafide practice. He said the police is probing the incident and necessary action will be taken, adding that villagers believe that this practice may result in rain.
As per reports, due to drought-like conditions and lack of rain, the villagers follow old belief in which minor girls are made to walk naked, carrying musals (wooden logs used to crush grains) on their shoulders. Frogs were also hanged by musals.
A group of women also gathered, performed a puja and made minor girls walk naked. These women then took out a procession singing bhajans with the girls and also begged for flour, pulses or other food items, to prepare food in the field and complete the rituals.
However, the officials said the parents of these girls were also involved in the incident and they did so under superstition. No villager has made any complaint in this regard. The District Collector said that in such cases the administration can only make the villagers aware about the futility of such superstitions and make them understand that such practices do not yield the desired results.