5 Rituals in India that will shock you

By:Namrata Dutta, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 01, 2016

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India is a land belonging to some of the oldest customs, rituals and religions. The country is well known for colorful and joyful rituals, like Dhinga Gavar in Rajasthan, where women have their own fancy dress parades, holi and countless more. However there are also some customs that are strange and to an extent shocking.
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    Honor Killing

    Marriage is not only about bringing two souls together, it is also uniting of two families. Due to this reason, special care is taken that marriage does not happen outside cast, community, religion... etc of a person. Though severity has reduced to very large extent, but still there are families that are very strict on this regard, they may disown or even kill the person for brining dishonor to family or community.

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    Child Marriage

    As per the Indian law, the legal age of marriage for women is 18 and a man is 20. Still in some rural areas such a custom of child marriage is still in practiced, even though this practice had been outlawed in 1920. After series of protests by different societies and many programs launched by government to educate people on such issues the practice has reduced. Sadly this is one of the most dangerous ritual Indian people follow.

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    Baby Dropping

    It is one of the most dreadful rituals performed in India, mostly performed by Muslims, though it is also practiced amongst Hindus. Children of age two or even less are dropped from a tower of around 500 feet, with a crowd standing below to catch the baby. At Baba Umer Dargah near Sholapur, Maharashtra, and Sri Santeswar temple, Karnataka this practice is prevalent for about 700 years. It is believed to bring good luck to the child.

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    Kesh Lochan

    It is a very old and popular custom followed by some communities. In this ritual people sacrifice their hairs in order to thank or please god. It is a well known practice to offer hair locks to God. Some people go a step forward going bald, thus offering all their hairs to God.

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