Truth Behind Rumors in Karnataka About Red Coral Stone in Mangalsutra of Women Bring Bad Luck to their Husbands

Truth Behind Rumors in Karnataka About Red Coral Stone in Mangalsutra of Women Bring Bad Luck to their Husbands

BENGALURU: Rumours began spreading at striking speed in six districts of Karnataka and a few border districts of Andhra Pradesh that the red coral stone in the mangalsutra (thali) worn by women would bring bad luck to their husbands. Following this, thousands of women resorted to smashing the red stones in an effort to ward away the so-called-doom.

While no one knows how and from where the rumour started, what triggered a mass reaction was the rumour-mongers’ claim that the husband would do die if the woman continues to wear the red coral stone in her mangalsutra. The rumour is said to have started on Tuesday night and intensified on Wednesday morning with Kannada television channels showing visuals of women removing the red coral stones and destroying them with stones. Worst affected by the rumours were Koppal, Chitradurga, Ballari, Davanagere and Raichur districts.

With the situation going out of control, the state government’s women and child development department issued an public appeal on Wednesday noon requesting women not to be misled by rumours. The department also issued instructions to deputy commissioners in the districts to immediately take steps to quell the rumours and create awareness among the people. The department also directed the authorities to crack down against those who were spreading false news to scare people. The Times of India has accessed a copy of the order issued by the department.

Rationalists and hoax-slayers have also appealed to women to ignore such rumours. “There is no connection between the red coral stone and husband’s life. Red coral stones (known as Havala in Kannada) have been associated with mangalsutra for several centuries now because of their ornamental value, ,” they maintained.

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