Nearly 100,000 devotees converged for the final day of Navratri Festival on October 13, 2013 at
in Datia District in Madhya Pradesh. The stampede happened on a bridge leading
to the temple killing more than 110 people mostly women and children. Do we
Hindus care about the lives of our brothers and sisters? The official apathy
and callous attitude shown towards crowd management during Hindu festivals is
nothing new. Have we ever bothered to ask why there is always poor
crowd-control techniques and planning by the authorities during Hindu festivals? This will continue in future because we Hindus are never united and
are not bothered about the welfare of the community. Ratangarh Temple
The stampede resulted due to the overcrowding on a bridge that leads to the temple. The bridge is 500m long and just 10m wide.
This is not the first time a tragedy has struck in this temple. In 2006, 50 pilgrims had got washed away falling in panic into the
from the same bridge. Sindh River
As usual blame game has started.
Official apathy is the reason for such stampedes. When it is known that a large crowd will assemble in the temple during Navratri, officials should have first take care of crowd management, security and life of the people participating in the festival.
Wai Temple Stampede in
2005 – 265 dead
Madhya Pradesh Ratangarh
– 50 pilgrims had got washed away falling in panic into the
Chamunda temple at
Jodhpur 2008 – 147 dead
63 dead after a temple gate crashed in UP in 2010
100 dead in Stampede in Sabarimala in Kerala in January 2011 ...the list is endless.