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VIDEO: Backlash after CNN presenter eats human brain on TV

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CNN presenter Reza Aslan has come under attack after he ate a human brain in his new documentary.

The American writer met with the Aghori, a nomadic Hindu sect in India.

The Aghori practice different uncommon ceremonies as well as cannibalism.

During Aslan’s visit, he drank alcohol from a human skull and ate a cooked slice of human brain.

He posted on Facebook: “Want to know what a dead guy’s brain tastes like? Charcoal. It was burnt to a crisp!”

People criticized the program, claiming that the Aghori sect sect misrepresents Hinduism.

US India Political Action Committees (USINPAC), a lobby group based in Washington released a statement saying: “With multiple reports of hate-fueled attacks against people of Indian origin from across the US, the show characterizes Hinduism as cannibalistic, which is a bizarre way of looking at the third largest religion in the world.”

US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard criticized the episode calling it “sensationalist and absurd”.

Gabbard tweeted: ”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.”