Is taboo more important than humanity?

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In a shocking incident of orthodox beliefs, a mother and her newborn were not allowed inside a relief camp in flood hit Mangaldai.

The mother and her 10-day old child had to spend four days on the Veranda pertaining to a section of people’s taboo related to the birth of a child.

According to reports, the woman gave birth to her child in Mangaldoi Civil Hospital and due to the floods both the mother and the child had to be shifted to the Gerimari Relief Camp. Due to such birth related taboo, the duo were not allowed to sleep inside the camp.

However, after coming to know about the plight of the mother and child, a self-help group named, ‘UNITY we the blood donors’ counselled the people sheltered in the camp to accept the duo.

Such incidents at this hour of need compel us to ask ourselves, is this what it means to be humane?

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