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Should religious practices that incorporate self-harm be banned?
A ban on self-harming rituals would be controversial and could lead to a lot of backlash from religious communities.
Self-harming rituals are integral to certain religions.
Members of religious communities are likely to see this as an
by the state on their faith, thereby creating a disconnect between them and the state.
When a Filipino public health initiative tried to get people to use sterilised nails as part of
re-enactments instead of the traditional nails, there was outcry.
There are religious
who have a modern outlook on self-harming rituals; seeing them as out-dated and unnecessary and wish to help protect those who are susceptible to harm from such rituals.