A comprehensive assessment of tribal health, by an expert committee appointed five years ago by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Tribal Development, shows that tribal populations in the country were lagging on almost every health parameter.
While local traditions around propitiating rain gods - ranging from a frog wedding to women ploughing the fields naked - have often stirred controversies, folklorists say one shouldn't dismiss their importance ethnographically.
Madhu was handed over to the police and later transported in a jeep. But when the jeep reached Thavalam, he vomited, a police official said. Madhu was declared brought dead by doctors at a primary healthcare centre.