In India, it is the shared belief in spirits and possession that often triggers such mass delusions.
The best way to fight superstition is to promote rational thinking. Schools can be a starting place because as the history of mass hysteria shows, children are quick to pick up irrational ideas and carry them along. Their most innocuous pranks — like two boys cutting off a girl’s hair — can trigger mass panic.
It is not the first time Jammu is experiencing this collective delusion. Let’s skim through the ‘mass hysteric’ moments in the history of Jammu and Kashmir:
Female Ghost in Gho Manasa
It all started as a matter of superstition once Surinder Singh Bhau died under mysterious circumstances. The people of Kukrial in Gho Manasa have lived in fear for over a month and a half starting 3 April when Surinder Singh died. Read here.