Superstition still rules the roost in many parts of India. Recently, a four-month-old girl in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara was branded with an iron rod to cure her of severe cough and cold. When her condition worsened, the baby was rushed to hospitalised.
A police officer stated that the girl from Rama Kheda village was branded with the iron rod a couple of days ago. The matter came to light on 19th March when the doctors at Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Bhilwara were informed about it.
The doctor said she was branded on her stomach. The baby is suffering from pneumonia and congenital heart disease.
Such superstitious practices are common in Rajasthan. People often resort to practices like branding to cure of cold and cough.
Dr. OP Agal, in-charge of paediatrics at Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, said that the girl is undergoing treatment in the ICU ward.
Police have registered a case under various IPC sections against undisclosed accused and a probe is on. The complaint was lodged by the Child Welfare Committee, SHO Karoi police station, Sunil Chaudhary said.
He also mentioned that this is not the first time in Bhilwara where superstition practices have taken a toll on innocent children
In March last year, the similar case was seen where a 10-month-old infant girl lost her life because of this superstitious practice. What is more horrifying is that the child was branded with an iron rod by her own grandfather in a bid to rid her of her severe cough and cold.
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