A boy was paraded naked at a drought-hit village in Chitradurga district of Karnataka to please the rain god.
The bizarre ritual took place in Pandarahalli on June 10 and came to fore when a video of the incident going viral.
The video shows water being poured upon the boy, after which villagers performed pooja to an idol. The naked boy is then made to carry the idol in the village amid some chanting and beating of drum by the villagers.
Villagers parade a minor boy naked as part of a ritual to appease rain gods in Chitradurga district of Karnataka pic.twitter.com/VApLQ93QGC— ANI (@ANI_news) June 17, 2016
The boy is later offered new clothes as per the practice prevalent in the village to propitiate the rain god. According to the villagers, an adolescent boy is chosen for the ritual.
Officials said the incident happened in Pandarahalli on June 10.