Kavya’s India Series Part 6: A City Without Locks
Kavya, a Year 6 Young Journalist based at Burgh School, has family roots in India and the highlight of her year is when she makes her annual visit to see her relatives based in New Delhi. She has decided to share her love of this vast country with YJA readers! (To read all her stories just type in ‘Kavya’ in the YJA search box above.)
In our world we usually lock our doors, even if we’re are just popping out for a few minutes, but there’s one place where there are no such concerns.
For many generations, a city called Shani Singnapur has had not a single door. This place is still like that to this day, but why?
In houses, dungeons and even banks, there isn’t a door to be found. There are only wide-open gaps instead of protective doors that other towns and cities have. Even in this modern age, this hasn’t changed, as residents have strong beliefs that their gods will keep them safe.
Surprisingly, the people are right, as not many robberies or burglaries have been recorded. They still truly believe that anyone who tries to steal will receive a punishment from the Almighty Lord Shani.
BBC reporter, Swati Jain wrote, “Locals are so nonchalant that they don’t even ask their neighbours to watch over their house while they are out of town. They believe that thieves will immediately be punished with blindness, and anyone dishonest will face seven-and-a-half years of bad luck.”
The only time that some people may ‘secure’ their buildings is at night – to keeps animals out but not even then do they use doors. Loose door panels are placed against their doorframes, as inhabitants think when God is with you there is no need for doors.
In this loosely protected city, religious beliefs grow ever stronger.
Kavya, Year 6