Humane nature is a casualty when superstition overtakes rationality and common sense.
A septuagenarian priest in May this year, it is reported in the media, allegedly hacked a 52-year-old man to death on the temple premises in Odisha’s Cuttack district, claiming that he “performed a human sacrifice to end the COVID-19 pandemic”, police said. This gory incident took place in the Brahmani Devi temple in Bandhahuda village in the Narasinghpur police station. Local people, however, claimed that the priest Ojha had a long-standing dispute with one Pradhan (the victim) over a mango orchard in the village. On the temple premises, they had heated arguments over the orchard. The priest, despite his old age and the post he held , took revenge on the man under the pretext of getting instruction from the goddess for Narabali (human sacrifice). The police are investigating this case.