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Should religious practices that incorporate self-harm be banned?
States have a responsibility to ensure the physical safety of their citizens, even when citizens are a threat to their own safety.
Citizens are often severly limited or unable to opt out of the type of self-harming practices that governments tend to ban. If people aren't able to give informed consent to continuous acts of self-harm, they should not be allowed to perform such practices.
Governments severely limit the
consumption of drugs
India's child protection agency
has urged parents to not allow their children to take part in potentially dangerous religious rituals.
The State's responsibility to protect its citizens from self-harm is limited to the citizens' inability to make rational determinations regarding their own lives.