Superstition: Women turned 'dev-pari', offered water to stop Coronavirus, police register case
BHOPAL: People gathered in Rajgarh after a superstitious claim was made that two women turned into 'dev pari'.
This is a local term used for the 'possessed', and it was said that these women were giving away water with a claim to ward off Coronavirus.
The two women were offering water to people and as the news spread, a strong crowd gathered. There is a belief in rural parts that a supernatural power viz. 'dev-pari' or 'mataji' takes over certain person(s).
The strange spectacle was witnessed at Chatukheda, which is located nearly 15 kms from Rajgarh district headquarter in Madhya Pradesh. Already, there are restrictions on crowd in the region due to Coronavirus, hence, after the information was received, the officials reached the spot to control the situation.
Amid drum beats, people kept reaching the place where the women were personally administering water. False claims were being made about the pandemic and its next stage and how to keep it in check. Long queues of men and women were witnessed in Chatukheda.
After the Tehsildar and police officials persuaded locals, the crowd dispersed. People went back to their homes. Four persons have been booked in connection with the incident. They have bene charged with gathering mob in the time of pandemic and violation of the restrictions. Badam Bai, Viram, Mangi Lal and Ramesh are those booked.