[dahr-nuh, duhr- or duhr-nuh]
- (in India) the practice of exacting justice or compliance with a just demand by sitting and fasting at the doorstep of an offender until death or until the demand is granted.
Origin of dharna
1785–95; < Hindi: placing
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An Indian custom of Dharna is of similar significance, though less violent.Ethics
John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
If a woman greatly desires a child she will go to a shrine and lay a stone on it which she calls the dharna or deposit or pledge.
Another custom known as dharna is that of a suppliant placing a stone on the shrine of a god or tomb of a saint.
- (in India) a method of obtaining justice, as the payment of a debt, by sitting, fasting, at the door of the person from whom reparation is sought
C18: from Hindi, literally: a placing
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