Blood­sports the Supreme Court Could Ban

Not just an­i­mals, we tar­get hu­mans in the name of tra­di­tion, too. Here’s how:

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Theemithi Fes­ti­val

Walk bare­foot on a bed of fire, in hon­our of epic queen Drau­padi at the Drau­padi tem­ples, Tamil Nadu Drop your baby from a height of 50 feet, at the Baba Umer Dar­gah, Sho­la­pur, Ma­ha­rash­tra

Garu­dan Thookkam

Hang from a shaft like a bird, with hooks pierced into the skin of your back, at the Kali tem­ples, South Ker­ala

Bani Fes­ti­val

Hit each other on the head with sticks at mid­night on Vi­jayadasami, at the De­vara­gattu Tem­ple, Andhra Pradesh

Charak Fes­ti­val

Pierce your tongue with a tri­dent on the last day of the Bangla cal­en­dar, at Kesh­pur, West Ben­gal

—Da­mayanti Datta

Baby Toss­ing

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