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Jhansi: This evil practice is still alive in Bundelkhand, under the guise of illness, children are burnt with hot rods

Shashwat Singh

Jhansi. Such a bad practice has been going on in Bundelkhand for years, hearing about which your soul will tremble. In tribal and backward areas of Bundelkhand, children suffering from pneumonia are burned with hot rods to cure them. In this evil practice, the body of an innocent person is burnt with a hot iron rod by an exorcist. That too so that the child gets cured from pneumonia.

Dr. Omshankar Chaurasia, Head of Pediatrics Department of Maharani Lakshmibai Medical College, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, says that even after so many years, this practice does not seem to be ending in Bundelkhand. In a year, 10 to 12 such cases come to the medical college. These are only those cases which are brought to the medical college because of their seriousness. Apart from this, it is difficult to estimate how many innocent children would have to face this torture.

Victim children brought to medical college in critical condition

Dr. Chaurasia told that some time ago a child was admitted in the medical college. Seven crescent moons were made on his body with iron rods (sariya). Five circular marks were made on the back of another child. The child’s condition was so critical that he had to be put on a ventilator. At the same time, another family had reached with their child, on whose back 10 marks had been given by the exorcist. Despite this, when the child’s pneumonia did not heal, he was finally brought to the medical college.

Efforts are being made to stop the malpractice

Chief Medical Officer of Jhansi, Dr. Sudhakar Pandey told that continuous efforts are being made to stop such malpractices. All health centers and ANMs have been told that if this practice is going on in their area, it should be stopped immediately. Along with this, visits are being made to the tribal and backward areas along with the team of the Department of Mental Illness. Strong efforts are being made by the Health Department to stop this evil practice.

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