|a branded Indian kid. indianexpress.com|
|Jharkhand tribals brand infants with hot iron rods as part of festivities. |
At Sheopur, in Madhya Pradesh, central India, Mrs. Seheriya and her husband Giru, 23, took their small kid Shivani to the healer on December 2nd to treat her pneumonia. The local healer, without second thoughts, burnt the child's abdomen with the hot knife over 40 times, to cure the baby, just two-month-old . Same night, the baby girl developed fever and was taken to the near-by hospital. The doctors carefully treated the baby for burns and, on further examination, found she had holes in her heart. The doctors found that the baby had defective ventricular septa.
01. The so called traditional healers have a grip on the tribal community that imbibe superstitious belief - the evil, the government and social organizations are fighting.
02. Towards the end of 2015, in Nabaranpur, Orissa at least seven infants were hospitalized. Reason: they were given a dose of local traditional healer's home-remedies including branding by hot iron nails or glass bangles
03. Babies as old as 8 month undergo this painful ritual - branding with hot iron or nail, the net result is the wounds become septic.
04. The root cause of the problem in the tribal belt is literacy rate is low, complicated by inadequate government medical care. there is one doctor for every 20,500 plus people. So, disharis, jaanis and gurumayees are present in large numbers and exploit the gullible tribes.
05. To the tribes, their age old traditional and cultural mores are more important, though, now, they have begun to send their pregnant women to far off government hospitals, they are reluctant to snap their ties with their old customs and mores.
07. Some tribes use juice from the seed of the wild cashew apple, hoping it would cure pneumonia and asthma.