Guwahati: Villages in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district have resorted an age-old ritual of ‘Ali-Ternam’ to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state.
Practiced by the Galo community since history during times of epidemic, ‘Ali-Ternam’ is a basically a traditional way of lockdown of a single village for a few days or weeks to stop the spread of an epidemic.
This time, the villagers were even seen imposing a penalty of Rs 10000 for violating the norms too. The villagers have stopped the entry of outsiders too. Besides, the village committees have been maintaining a sharp vigilance on people who are presently on home quarantine.
The ritual is also performed to ward off evil spirits effecting the community, locals said.
In Arunachal Pradesh, several civil societies and community based organizations had sealed all boundaries and entry points connecting their respective villages and colonies to arrest the spread of the virus.
The district administration has also introduced the odd-even policy of vehicle movements to restrict public movement at large.
The present tally of active COVID-19 cases in Arunachal is 57.