I have noticed that in certain segments of lower or lower middle class Indian society many people seem to have these homemade tattoos on the tops of their hands, usually near to the thumb. Depending on a person's religion, the tattoo might be a cross or an om symbol or a swastika. They sometimes just have a heart or even just some dots or their initials. I feel that for upper class Indians who are generally less conservative, tattooing, especially for women would be a major social taboo and would be read by many as a sign of being overly Westernized and loose (though I do know a few Indian girls with Western style tattoos). So I am wondering how more conservative people from the lower stratum end up with these hand tattoos. The people I have observed with this are normal homely type people, not gangsters or anything like that. Any idea why they do this?