GUWAHATI: Around 2,500 one-horned rhinos, who lost their lives due to natural calamities or poaching, were cremated in Assam on Wednesday (September 22, 2021) on the occasion of World Rhinoceros Day. CM Himanta Biswa Sarma performed a symbolic ritual at Kaziranga National Park in Assam before burning rhino horns. According to the customs of Hinduism, it was cremated after the rituals.
This program is being considered as a milestone in the direction of conservation of rhinos. Its aim was to debunk the myths about the rhinoceros. Assam wildlife warden MK Yadav said, “This is a clear message to poachers and smugglers that these things have no value.” After the event, CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said that according to Hindu traditions, the rituals have been done. . By doing this we have given a strong message to the hunters that rhinoceros lead has no medicinal value. Through this cremation we want to give the message that rhinoceros is a part of Assamese culture and is very important.
The process of collecting these horns started decades ago, they were collected and kept safe in the treasury. According to the Forest Department, due to the use of rhino horn in traditional medicines, its price in the black market is very high. It was only last week that the state cabinet ordered a re-verification of rhino horns.