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Indian tradition comes under fire as cattle forced to walk through flames

This ritual that takes place in southern India is wrought with controversy as cattle are forced to walk through fire. Footage from Janaury 14 shows the devotees at the Makar Sankranti festival in Channapatna pulling their cattle through the flames in the ritual known as Kicchu Hayisuvudu. The devotees decorate their cows with garlands bells before walking them through fire. It is believed to bring good fortune and protect the devotees from harm. Despite the harvest festival taking place in communities across India, this particular ritual has come under fire for animal cruelty.

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