Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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It happens only in India!!

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After quite a few days I sat down to write my blog. My mind was blank and sat there wondering what I should be writing about today. Then I chanced upon an article which caught my attention and I decided that had to be my topic this week.

We hear every day how single women, young girls, mothers and women from all walks of life are being assaulted, molested, and violated. Statistics show that 26 crimes against women are reported every hour in India or one complaint every two minutes. However today it’s not about these grave scenarios, I write. What caught my attention was a news that was extremely positive and which restored my faith that all is not lost.

shani 1While almost the entire country fears for their security there is one small village in the state of Maharashtra which is door less and lock less!! Did I see your eyes pop?? Well you read it right. Shani Shingnapur is a village which is known for its popular temple of Shani, the Hindu god associated with the planet Saturn. It’s a village which boasts of no crimes & no thefts for 400 to 500 years. According to legend, an iron and stone slab washed up in a nearby river during a flood more than 300 years ago, and began oozing blood when cattle herders poked it with a stick. In a vision to a villager later that night, the slab was revealed to be an idol of Shani, and today it stands in an open square adorned with garlands of flowers, drawing crowds of pilgrims.

It’s true that such fairy tale lands might not be common but to know that one does exist in our own homeland is definitely good news.

“The news media are, for the most part, the bringers of bad news… and it’s not entirely the media’s fault, bad news gets higher ratings and sells more papers than good news.”

Maya Kartha