5,000 women line up to be whipped by 'priests' believing it will rid them of evil spirits or cure their sickness during brutal ritual in India
Footage has emerged showing thousands of women being whipped to rid them of evil spirits during a brutal ceremony in a remote Indian village.
Women and teenagers kneel side-by-side in a long line and wait to be flogged by priests during the Vijayadashami festival celebrated once a year in Tamil Nadu, southern India.
Video shows how they are lashed one-by-one until they can no longer cope with the pain.
The so-called 'salvation seekers' volunteer to be whipped with some fearing they are possessed and others believing the ritual will cure sickness. Priests dressed in traditional clothing then carry out the flogging using whips and pieces of wood.
iamgroot, London, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
who whips the "priests"?
Atc, Stockton, United States, 1 day ago
Just the women?
Best Version, Warren, United States, 1 day ago
Sadomasochism at its finest.
Maureen Florida USA, Palm Beach County, United States, 1 day ago
Somewhereintheworld1, Global, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Women in India need to be given protection against monsters like this
beager, Hastings, Åland Islands, 1 day ago
Awful. Maybe the men should be beaten for their complete stupidity.
Val26, Oswaldtwistle, 1 day ago
There's no cure for stupid.
Robertito, Raunds, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Why don't these men let the women whip them, I think things would soon change then.
Dontknowenough, Essex, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Education for all girls and women is desperately needed to get rid of this nonsense.
Grumpyoldtrout, Bristol, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Since the British left. Has India regressed a thousand years.
Looking around, London, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Do they whip the men as well, or is it just the women who are sinners?
Wallys, Sunderland, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
CLEMMA, london, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Whipping the "priests" would be a better idea.
Evertonkenny, Winsford, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
And we send are tax money to this country, really why!!!!!
granny b, edinburgh, 2 days ago
To fund their Space Programme?
red64, Salford, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
And this is a country with its own space program
Expat2018, Somewhere, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
All volunteers -- What is the problem?
Ostrichkeeper, London, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Such ignorance in the 21st century is alarming.