A marriage in the village in Devanahalli in India is usually a great cause for celebration, but such ceremonies seldom make the news – although one recent betrothal has done precisely that, and for all the wrong reasons.

In a recent ceremony in Devanahalli a marriage match-up was performed in the hope that such a celebration would summon the rain to the sun-soaked region. The ‘black magic’ ceremony had two distinctly peculiar aspects. Firstly, the bride and groom were children. Secondly, the bride and groom were both girls.

Plenty of oddities about the ‘black magic’ ceremony

There are even more oddities to this bizarre set of circumstances. The occasion was allegedly organised by a woman claiming to be ST Nandini Gowda, vice-president of the women’s wing of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission.

According to Gowda “the wedding was conducted after 10 days of preparation. Both the children and their parents were “convinced” and new wedding clothes were purchased. The entire village feasted and celebrated for four days and “on the fifth day, the wedding was held”.

While researching this story, a local journalist found that ‘ST Nandini Gowda’ does not exist. Indeed, the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission does not even have a women’s wing.

Kamataka authorities are attempting to outlaw ‘black magic’ practices

It seems to be common practice in India for rogue operatives under false ‘Human Rights Commission’ titles to sanction and validate ‘black magic’ wedding ceremonies which are typically held between children in the hope of inducing the heavens to open. Earlier this year it was reported in Doddaballapur that two young boys had been wed in a similar ceremony.

The entire village of Devanahalli could be in trouble for allowing the marriage of the two girls, as such as ceremony is covered by the ‘Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill 2017’. This bill has been created with the aim of outlawing many ‘black magic’ practices, including child and animal weddings.

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