Dakor is a centre famous for religious pilgrimage in Gujarat. At Poornima thousands of people collected to acquire merit at the shrine in keeping with blind belief. A child started crying with fright and his father lifted him to his shoulders. But in the rush the man lost his balance and fell underfoot. Other devotees, keen only on earning their own blessing, callously trampled them. The police rescued both father and son in time.
Reason dictates an awareness of certain laws concerning the rights of others and a respect for human life. But frenzied religious belief blinds the pious to such restraints. The common spectacle of people being trampled in stampedes at religious shrines and melas is a telling example of this brutal mentality.
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