15-day-old baby girl branded with hot bangle in Odisha

Keonjhar: Superstitious practices of branding babies with hot bangle continues unabated in Odisha as another infant, a baby girl, became victim of the blind belief.

A 15-day-old baby girl of Kanjipani village in Keonjhar district was branded with hot bangle by her grandmother in a bid to cure an ailment of the infant. The baby later suffered from cold & fever and was admitted to the district headquarters hospital.

“The baby girl was brought to the hospital by her family members last evening and admitted to the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU). She was undergoing treatment for cold & fever. However, we spotted burn marks on her belly during the process. It later came to fore that the infant’s grandmother had branded her with hot bangle. The baby’s condition is stable now,” said doctor SN Prusty.

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