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Hindu Devotees Get Cheeks Pierced During Religious Procession

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THAT's what we call devotion!

Check out the photos (below) of devotees of the Hindu Goddess Maha Mariamman getting their cheeks pierced during a religious procession in Amritsar, India on Sunday.

Very inneresting. We'd def be curious to hear more about this…although we're not so sure we'd ever try it ourselves. Ouchie!

What do U think about this religious ritual? Could U handle a piercing through your cheeks?

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Harry Potter Actress' Brother Goes To Jail For Assault Against Her!

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This is such an unbelievably sad situation.

Earlier this past year, it was reported that actress Afshan Azad, who portrays Padma Patil in the Harry Potter films, had her life threatened by her father and brother, who are Muslim, in what was suspected to be an attempted honor killing, and during her brother's trial in the Manchester Crown Court, the details of the horrific ordeal the poor girl went through were revealed!

According to Prosecutor Richard Vardon, on the night of May 21st, 2010, Azad was in her bedroom and on her cell phone with her Hindu boyfriend, when her brother, Ashraf, broke down the door and launched a "prolonged and nasty" attack on the actress!

He explained:

"He then grabbed her hair and threw her across the room. She began crying and asked him to stop. The defendant began punching her with clenched fists to her back and head area. She struggled to breathe and was scared for her life”

Ashraf's wife, Sonia, apparently attempted to intervene, but he then dragged her into her parents' bedroom, threw her on the bed, and according to Vardron, said:

"'Sort your daughter out! She's a slag!' She struggled to breathe and was scared for her life. She was told she had to marry a Muslim or you die."

She was then told to go to bed, and the following day, she fled her family's home.

Just shocking. And so unbelievably disturbing.

Azad earlier pled guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and although his sister was said to have begged the court to not jail - many suspect out of her fear for her life - Judge Roger Thomas sentenced him to six months behind bars.

He explained:

"This persistent attack was accompanied by serious and very hurtful abuse and threats. It must have been a miserable and frightening experience for your sister which, she suggested, lasted for about three hours or so. The background to this offense lies in the concern that you, and perhaps other family members, had about Afshan's relationship with a young man who was not of the Islamic faith. This is a sentence that is designed to punish you for what you did and also to send out a clear message to others that domestic violence involving circumstances such as have arisen here cannot be tolerated."

Wonderful! In no way, shape or form should this man get ANY lenience with his sentence!

It makes us SICK to think that violence like this is tolerated in families because of religion!

We just truly hope that this girl realizes that this is exactly what needs to happen, and if her family can't see that, then she needs to be brave and stay away from them.

These are the people who are supposed to love you and be there for you no matter what, bb. Stay strong.

You're in our thoughts.

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Brandy Gets Inked!

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Wow! That is QUITE the ink!

Brandy recently took to Twitter to show off the new tattoo she recently had done (above), an elaborate depiction of the Hindu deity Ganesh, or "the remover of all obstacles!"

She explained:

Getting a tat! OUCH!!!!! Shout out @Petertattooist!! Incredible artist:)

All done getting my tattoo by @Petertattooist!!! What do you babies think?

We have to say, it's VERY well-done!

Hope it didn't hurt too bad, bb!

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Harry Potter Actress' Brother And Father Admit To Assaulting Her!

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This is just so horrible and sad. We truly feel for this poor girl.

We reported earlier in the year that actress Afshan Azad, who portrays Padma Patil in the Harry Potter films, had her life threatened by her father and brother, who are Muslim, in what was suspected to be an attempted honor killing!

Her family has denied the charges, and she herself almost tried to take back her claims - although many suspected it was out of fear for life - but yesterday in court, her brother Ahraf, admitted to assaulting her with father Abul for dating a Hindu man!

In a sad turn of events, however, Azad again refused to testify against her family, and they've been cleared of the threats and were allowed to post bail, so long as they not contact Afshan and return to court on January 21st for sentencing!

Judge Roger Thomas said:

"Domestic violence can result, even for a man such as you, in imprisonment."

This is just vile and absolutely awful! We sincerely hope that these men will be punished accordingly, despite Afshan's refusal to testify!

We can't imagine how horrifying it must be to feel like your own family will try and hurt you for telling the truth!

For your sake, bb, we sincerely hope you speak up - or at least stay as far away from your family as possible! Nobody should have to live with that kind of fear - especially when it's over your supposed love ones!

Stay strong. You're in our thoughts.

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Hindu Leader Blasts Playboy For Nude Yoga Video

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Nude Yoga sounds fabulous to us, but to Rajan Zed it’s a travesty of an ancient practice.

Rajan and other Hindu leaders are upset about a video Playboy posted online of nude Sara Jean Underwood performing yoga poses.

Said Rajan:

"Hindus are upset over what is the misuse of the age-old and revered system of yoga by Playboy for mercantile greed and we are urging the organisation to withdraw all its yoga-related products.”

Continued Rajan:

“Yoga is one of the six systems of orthodox Hindu philosophy and it is highly revered in Hinduism. It is actually a serious mental and physical discipline by means of which the human soul can unite with the universal soul. Playboy should not attempt to distort the esteemed yoga tradition as it hurts the devotees of yoga."

We’re sorry that Rajan is upset, but nude yoga is freeing and fun!

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