New Delhi: In Indian society, there are tonnes of superstitions associated with almost everything and a solar eclipse is no different. With restrictions on eating during the eclipse to bathing and going out, the list is never-ending.
However, a practice in Kalaburagi district about 590 km from Bengaluru, where specially-abled kids were buried neck-deep in mud to cure of their deformities is outrightly weird.
In the bizarre practice which was carried out on Thursday morning, around six children from three villages: Taj-Sultanpur on the outskirts of Kalaburagi town, and Ainolli and Gadi-Lingadalli village in Chincholi taluk of Karnataka, were buried for the full duration of the eclipse in a bid to ‘cure them’.
Reportedly, the village elders had advised on the benefits of the solar eclipse for curing the kids.
According to reports, the kids were rescued following a tip-off to district child protection task force. The kids have been reunited with their families following medical examination and counselling.