In a shocking incident that has been heavily criticised all over the world, a CNN presenter Reza Aslan ate part of a human brain while filming with a Hindu cannibal sect in India.
The episode is a part of a series called Believer with Reza Aslan. It was shown on Sunday which proved horror and dismay from the viewers and a backlash by Hindus in America.
Tulsi Gabbard, the only Hindu in Congress, tweeted: ‘I am very disturbed that CNN is using its power and influence to increase people’s misunderstanding and fear of Hinduism.’
Reacting and condemning heavily, The Democrat from Hawaii added, “Aslan sought to find sensationalist and absurd ways to portray Hinduism.
‘Aslan and CNN didn’t just throw a harsh light on a sect of wandering ascetics to create shocking visuals – as if touring a zoo – but repeated false stereotypes about caste, karma and reincarnation that Hindus have been combating tirelessly.’
Aslan, an Iranian-born religious scholar, was with a group from the Aghori sect when he was invited to eat cooked brain tissue during a ritual.
Aslan, 44, met the Aghori in the holy Hindu city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, where they smeared the ashes from cremated human bodies on his face