A man and his wife strangled two of their three minor children to death in Orissa after performing rituals before deities with a hope that it will make the children alive and bring good fortune to their family, police said Wednesday.
Padmalochan Gahan, 36, and his wife Minati, 30, killed their eldest son Harishchandra, 9, Saturday night and second son Deepak, 7, Sunday night in their house at Tilopal village in the tribal-populated district of Mayurbhanj, Pitbas Naik, officer-in-charge of the local Kaptipada police station told IANS.
Apparently, Jagannath Tudu, a godman, told them that all their children would be resurrected, after their third child, a 3 months old baby girl, was also killed. Tudu had assured them that all the three would live to bring good fortune to the family. Godmen, witchcraft, and ritual sacrifice, are all alive and well, thank you.
Well, who am I to judge Gahan and Minati, when mighty nations hesitate to unequivocally condemn the killing of innocent children, to win the right to freely practice religion according to the dictates of mythical gods and dead godmen? Richard Dawkins, I don't think we need to be coy about calling religion as the root of evil!