dharna

dharna

[dahr-nuh, duhr-]
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.
Also, dhurna.


Origin:
1785–95; < Hindi: placing

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dharna or dhurna (ˈdʌnə, ˈdɑː-, ˈdʌnə, ˈdɑː-)
 
n
(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]
 
dhurna or dhurna
 
n
 
[C18: from Hindi, literally: a placing]

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