Occult practices turn Rajasthan into regressive state

Jaipur, April 27: In Rajasthan, which wants to turn into a smart state in the near future, practising occults are interestingly finding themselves employed to revive the dead, that too in government hospitals. And the irony is they are not being barred from doing so.

Two recent incidents, one in Kota and another in Bhilwara government hospitals, of tantriks indulging in occult practices to bring back the dead, have taken back the state to days when tantriks had solutions for every illness and people flocked to them and looked upon them as saviours with magical powers.

Occult rituals by attendants of a patient who died 10 years ago at the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Bhilwara have shocked most people. Early on Friday a group of villagers gathered outside the Bhilwara hospital and began the shocking occult rituals. They sacrificed a hen for appeasing the soul of a patient who had died in the hospital years ago. They believed that the patient’s soul was wandering in the hospital and it could be set free by the tantriks.
Last week in Kota, a rooster was sacrificed, lemons quashed and rituals performed by an occult practitioner at a government hospital in Kota to revive the dead. The practice was supposed to have gone on for four hours inside the room where the patient died in the presence of doctors. Failing to stop them, the doctors and nursing staff watched as bemused spectators. Although a committee has been formed to probe into the bizarre incident, there are chances that very little will come of it.

Perhaps encouraged that such an incident in Kota did not find any condemnation from the government or the people in general, the Bhilwara incident took place days after the Kota episode. Although, it took place outside the hospital premises.

Bhilwara has a reputation of branding women as witches and has seen the most number of witch hunting cases over the years. Although a Rajasthan Witch Hunting legislation was introduced in 2015, branding women as witches, isolating them and their families and throwing them out of villages is common even in this digital age. And these women are often denied justice.

But the question is Rajasthan going backwards or should such practices be banned? How can such bizarre practices take place in government hospitals, where all treatment is based on medical science? Why did the doctors allow patient attendants to conduct occult rituals in such a sanitised place?
Where were the hospital administrators at that time? If such incidents are not nipped in the bud, these occult practicians would continue fool people. After the four hours drama in the Kota hospital, when the occult practitioners could not revive the dead, what happened to the belief of the relatives?
Such frequent occurrings would further push back the state into a regressive era, where occult, tantriks will have a field day.

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