Sunday, April 13, 2008

Superstitious beliefs

India is a country with lots of cultures and beliefs. I respect that fact and just love my country for the variety and beauty it offers. But even in this flourishing and upcoming age, especially when India is rising to be a super power, superstitions also seem to be flourishing like crazy. The last well known incident was about the little girl who has many hands and legs and was operated upon.

The latest incident that has made news is about a little girl named ‘Lali’ from a village in northern India. She is a baby with two faces and is being worshipped as the reincarnation of the Hindu goddess - Durga. Lali apparently has an extremely rare condition known as craniofacial duplication, where a single head has two faces. All of the little girl’s features are duplicated except for her ears (two only), otherwise she has two noses, two pairs of eyes and two pairs of lips.

Lali has caused a sensation in the village of Saini Sunpura which is 40 kms east of New Delhi. Upto 100 people have been visiting the little child daily at her home everyday to touch her feet, offer money and receive blessings. The parents (father- Vinod Singh, 23yrs old, a poor farm worker) insist that their daughter is fine. Luckily the villagers who live near her, the young parents and the overprotective local doctor are not ashamed of the extraordinary looking little girl. That's because while she may only be 2½ weeks old, she is far more famous than any resident of this part of the country has ever been.

The village council is very happy that the little girl brought fame to their village and is planning to write to the state government to provide money to build a temple and help the parents look after their daughter.

What more should I comment on this???? Well atleast the good part is that this has made world news and many people/docytors who see this will atleast offer treatment and others might offer the cash needed for the necessary treatment.

29 comments:

Compassion Unlimitted said...

First time here..interesting read
Aberrations sometimes bring accolades and sometimes brickbats..perhaps in this case its the former.
You have a nice blog and happy to be here
TC
CU

Enigma said...

@compassion

thanks for stopping by.. :)

--xh-- said...

yeah.. heights of superstition.. hopefully some doc wil rescue her now...

Enigma said...

@xh
ya....well i am also hoping that she will recive some medical treatment soon..

Ps said...

I feel so bad for her--The way she has been made a spectacle.But at least they didnt think it was Devil at work etc.

Enigma said...

@ps
ya thats the same thing i thought too..usually they burry such babies alive, or do some other torturous things thinking its evil..but luckily nothing like that....

Jaggu said...

First time here. Came via meghna's blog. Superstition sometimes helps like in this case. Hope the child will get required help and come to normal state. BTW, are you malayalee by any chance?

Enigma said...

@jaggu
thanks for dropping by...well if the superstition will save that kids life its ok...otherwise its bad..ya hope she will get the required medical aid....humm ya i am a mallu...y did u ask?

Cockroach said...

God...We actually remember u when v read about superstitions. No pont in taking India to the status Super Nations as long as such beliefs lurks every where. You know the FILM INDUSTRY is the worst INDUSRTY if u consider superstitions.

Enigma said...

@arun
ya da, i know...so many stupid beliefs that make u go nuts...

umakumar said...

this has to be told to electronic media so that they do somehting abt it that some doc will treat her out of this condition
poor infant,,she doesnot know she is being made an exhibit when she should be treated for the condition
May God HELP her from such people and let her a live a normal life

Enigma said...

@uma
thanks for stopping by. The truth is that most of the media all over the world has reprted it..i went online to be sure and ya the american, australian, india, kuwait etc etc media has made a news of it....i do hope that the child will somehow receive treatment...the fater is rejecting the fact that the child should hav a scan done....

Solitaire said...

Its a weird world out there..

Jaggu said...

Nothing specific. i gave the answer for your question as a reply to ur comment on my blog. Check out. I will keep in touch with you for malayalam updates...:)), if you are interested..:)

Enigma said...

@solitaire

yup tahts absolutely true...too many weird things goin on in this world...

Enigma said...

@jaggu

thanks..ya saw ur reply....

Vinni said...

to what extent people go to even in the present modern world, appalls me! cant one just leave the poor girl alone?

Enigma said...

@vinni
ya thats so true...i feel really bad for the child, if she grows up that way she will face too many probs...

c e e d y said...

first time here - nice blog and eye opening post...

Jaggu said...

Thanks dear. Keep in touch. By the way check out my earlier blog on a malayalam movie.

http://ootb-jaggu.blogspot.com/2007/12/vanaprastham.html

Keshi said...
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Keshi said...

sometimes I cant believe that we live in a world still so naive. But as long as it's positive its ok.

Keshi.

Jaggu said...

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Meghna said...

Hi Enigma,
yeah, there is too mcuucspecially becoz ppl in villages r not much educated...It sent shivers down my spine to see that photo...hope some nice doc. will help soon!

Enigma said...

@ceedy
thank u for dropping by... :)

Enigma said...

@keshi

ya as long as its positive its ok..but there has been many incidents where such children where considered as evil and toruted and killed etc..scary na...

Enigma said...

@jaggu

sure will check ur blog regularly and ya will check out wat u hav written abt vanaprastham..

Enigma said...

@jaggu

heh ok will check out the tag and will write abt it :)

Enigma said...

@meghna
ya it is scary...ya illeterate hav lots of superstitios beliefs..but so does the educated sector...