dharna

[ dahr-nuh, duhr- ]
/ ˈdɑr nə, ˈdʌr- /

noun

(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.

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Origin of dharna

1785–95; <Hindi: placing

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dharna

dhurna

/ (ˈdʌnə, ˈdɑː-) /

noun

(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

Word Origin for dharna

C18: from Hindi, literally: a placing
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