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In India: a means of demanding compliance with a request or claim, effected by the complainant self-harming or committing suicide, or by injuring or killing a close family member, with the intention of bringing dishonour upon the offender.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Forbes (1787–1861), physician and medical journalist. From Gujarati trāgũ obstinacy, stubbornness (plural trāgã; from the same Indic base as Hindi tagṛā strong, vigorous, further etymology uncertain), apparently influenced in sense by Urdu taqāẓā and its etymon Persian taqāẓā demand (e.g. for payment), derivative of qāẓy to judge, decree from Arabic qaḍā to judge, decree.
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