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Should religious practices that incorporate self-harm be banned?
Banning self-harming rituals won't stop people from doing it.
Religions often continue practices which are illegal. For example, despite its illegality,
continues to occur in India.
Banning can cause a “
” - an attempt to get rid of certain behaviour or content which causes the opposite of the desired outcome; instead the forbidden becomes even more permanent or popular.
Making religious self-harm illegal might not stop people completely, but it might reduce the number of people doing it, which is better than total inaction.
Laws are not made on the basis of whether they can be perfectly enforced, but rather are made because a certain action should be illegal.