Believing in God or following the rituals associated with one’s religion cannot be considered a sin. Of course, India is a land where traditions, superstitions and rituals are of immense importance. One can easily sell ‘belief’ and ‘God’ here. This is one of the reasons why India is considered a spiritual destination. But sometimes people are blinded by their beliefs.
A recent example of religion coming in the way of common sense is reports of some people in Malappuram district refusing to take vaccination for Diphtheria due to their blind beliefs. Some people in the Muslim community are dissuading others from taking the vaccine by saying it is made from gelatine (a substance that contains pork). As is commonly known, Islam forbids the consumption of pork.
The return of Diphtheria in the district has drawn a lot of attention from people. The disease was earlier detected here in 2013 and 2015. This year, two of the 10 people diagnosed with Diphtheria have died. In the past too, there have been a significant number of deaths due to the disease in Malappuram district.