At this time of life, we are learning how to stay away from each other. It is the need of the time because a disease like Corona has been spreading like a flu from one person to another at a very faster rate.
As the vaccines are unavailable and there is no proper cure, the only solution is to stay away from the infected person until he or she gets cured and completes 14 days of quarantine without any symptoms like high fever, breathing difficulty, etc.
Now the whole world is adapting and welcoming practices that were an integral part of the Indian culture. But the westernization of India made everyone believe that whatever western countries are doing is better than what we follow here in India.
Shaking hands, going to clubs, touching and getting intimate with each other just for the sake of enjoyment is being considered cool and those abiding the Indian values are considered as backward, superstitious and what not.
Sutak ( Quarantining and Isolation in India)
Sutak is a term used in India for a period in which strict rules are to be followed by all the family members to maintain proper hygiene and maintain distance from each as much as possible during that time. There are different times when Sutak is being followed in Indian homes. Depending upon the situation the time varies. It is a form of self-isolation and self-quarantine that we are following today. Following are the occasions when the Sutak is followed in Indian homes:-
- Birth of a Child
Whenever a newborn arrives at home, the mother and child are being isolated from other family members as well as from the outsiders. Only a few members are allowed to take care of them.
The reason is to allow the newborn and the mother to stay away from the risk of infections that may get transferred to them during that period. Mother is not allowed to step out of that room to maintain her good health and for her baby. This practice lasts for at least a month.
- Death of a Family Member
When someone dies in a family then Sutak is followed for 12 days. And on the 13th day, Havan is being performed inside the house to purify the home or we can say to disinfect the house. For 12 days no outsider intake any food item or water from that house.
As a dead body also starts deteriorating and has a chance of getting infectious, therefore prevention of such things is avoided by isolating that house.
Even on the first day, no food is being cooked in the house. Neighbors bring food for them.All those people who attend the funeral take bath before entering their respective homes.
This is also to sanitize themselves and prevent the spread of infections if any.The clothes last used by the person who died are also disinfected or sometimes thrown away.
- After Using the toilet for Defecation
In earlier times in India, the good practice was to take bath just after defection. This is because various bacteria can come with the person inside the house. Proper hygiene maintenance is an integral part of Indian culture.