Residents of Dharampuri in India are refusing to come outside after nightfall and have taken to painting holy symbols on the fronts of their houses to ward off Ratha Kaatten - local vampires. After a spate of cattle killings in the area, word spread that the cattle were being killed by Ratha Kaatten.
Authorities say the rumors were started by bootleggers and other criminals whose night time activities were being disturbed. To prove there are no Ratha Kaatten attacking the livestock, they have offered a $2000 reward for the corpse of any vampire.
© C Harris Lynn, 2012