Imagine telling someone to roll in the leftovers of your meal to cure their diseases. Pretty senseless right?
Well, that’s exactly what is practised in many temples across Karnataka. Made Snana
is a ritual where lower caste people are supposed to ‘bathe’ in the
leftovers of a meal eaten by upper castes. This is a serious undermining
of human dignity and a practice of caste-based discrimination.
Manohar R, from South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM), Bangalore started a petition on Change.org telling the Chief Minister of Karnataka to stop this inhuman practice.
Even 25 religious heads have condemned this practice and demanded a ban on the ritual.
“This evil is not less than Sati tradition and child marriage and the government must act tough” said Panditaradhya Shivacharya, one of the Swamis who spoke out against Made Snana.
The government has banned similar rituals
and social evils in the past thanks to public pressure. By joining
together and showing our support for human rights we can get rid of this
Local activists have protested against
Made Snana but their efforts have been quashed. Some have even been
beaten for speaking out -- they need out support.
The media has
also started covering the issue and there is growing awareness of this
superstitious ritual. Let’s add to the momentum and bring about a