Monday, March 22, 2010

Half-Baked and Headless in Bangladesh

When you read this sort of thing (from the Telegraph) you have to pinch yourself to recall that it's the 21st Century:
Four suspects were arrested for murdering the 26-year-old bricklayer in a remote town in northern Bangladesh on the instructions of the brick-field's owners, said Golam Sarwar Bhuiyan, a local police chief.
"They said the owners were unhappy as the brick-field was not producing reddish bricks despite enough heating. A fortune teller then suggested that the brick-field needed a human sacrifice," he said.

Red bricks are in huge demand in Bangladesh's countryside as the colour is seen as proof the bricks have been baked properly.

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