Mangalore, November 30, 2011 | UPDATED 17:28 IST
Mangalore: Devotees attack Dalit leader for protesting Madey Snana ritual
If the ritual of Dalits rolling over left over food was not bad
enough, a man protesting the bizarre Madey Snana ritual at Mangalore's
Kukke Subramanya temple was attacked on Wednesday.
The Dalit leader, Shivaramu, was attacked for protesting the medieval
ritual. Ironically, he was assaulted by the devotees themselves.
Shivaramu had urged devotees not to perform ritual. However, his
intervention enraged the devotees, who attacked him at the temple.
While the ritual itself was sickening, Karnataka Chief Minister
Sadanand Gowda's response clearly indicted that he would not be the
one to crack down on such inhuman practice.
Instead of condemning the practice, Gowda said it was typical ritual
that has been going on for several years. He said he would look into
the matter and a decision on discontinuing it would be taken only
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