By Kalpana Pradhan, Apr 16, 2010
A beheaded blood splattered torso of a 25 years old male body was found outside of a temple of Kali goddess (Kali is a goddess of power in Hindu religion) at a village in Birbhum district, which is nearly 1 km away from Shantiniketan in West Bengal. It was raising suspicion of sacrifices. The district police authority said that they are investigating the matter. Though human sacrifice has long been banned in India.
According to the police report, the body of the man was first spotted by the temple priest around 5am when he went for prayers on Thursday April 15 morning. A senior police officer said the torso was a male body and it was found near the altar placed in front of the temple, where marigold flowers and incense sticks, bloodstains were found on the altar for animal sacrifices. The district police head Rabindranath Mukherjee said “investigations pointing towards a murder, it was made to look like human sacrifice. A tribal youth has been detained for interrogation”.
“It is unfortunate that still the practice is going on secretly after our long awareness campaign. The sacrifice of goats is part of the worship of Kali goddess, after the campaign it has been discontinued in many temples” said Prabir Ghosh of “Juktibadi Samity” a NGO who is working for a long time to raise awareness campaign against superstitions, primitive religious rituals and old myths in India. He added human sacrifice is illegal in India.
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After the intervention of the Rationalists Association of India, Birbhum branch –led by Prabir Ghosh, the killer was arrested . Kalo Majhi a tantrik sacrificed his ‘friend’ the 45 year old Paresh Bagdi. Massive postering campaign in the area by the Rationalists led to the arrest of the culprit. On April 22, Kalo Majhi confessed his guilt.
Science and Rationalists’ Association of India
Picture Courtesy: www.ndtv.com
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