Bolangir:26/12/17; Once again there was no respite for mute animals. They were slaughtered en masse as a part of religious ritual in Odisha’s Bolangir district.
Despite groundswell of puritan opinion favouring abolition of the age-old custom, animals were slaughtered today in a sacrificial ritual to mark Sulia festival at Khairguda, about 25 km. from district headquarters town of Bolangir.
Animal rights activists have been protesting the mass animal sacrifice on the occasion of Sulia festival. Badakhala is small place near Khairguda that used to witness highest number of slaughtering.
The practice had been stopped following court directions in past years. This year, members of tribal community defied the administrative embargo and renewed the animal sacrifice.
The Sulia festival is mainly observed by Kondh tribals in the month of ‘Pausa’ in Hindu calendar every year. Members of tribal community slaughter animals in large number before Sulia deity. They believe sacrifice of animals and birds would bring prosperity for them.