Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Boudh, Dec 13:
The remote hamlets in Odisha are still under seize of superstition despite government’s effort to eradicate the evil.
Such a case of superstition has emerged from Sanabankapada village of Sarsara panchayat under Harabhanga block in the district. Gopabandhu Kanhar’s family members have pinned hopes on a tantric to make their dead girl alive, even after seven days of her death.
According to reports, the 10-year-old girl Shrabani was admitted to District Headquarters Hospital here on November 29 as she remained ill. After medical investigations, the treating doctors advised the family members to shift her elsewhere for better treatment.
Upon doctor’s advice, they shifted her to a Bhubaneswar-based private hospital. She was agains shifted from there to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. However, she breathed her last on December 7 while undergoing treatment.
The family availed government’s Mahaprayana scheme to transport the dead from hospital to their home.
As the girl had reportedly died of chicken pox, the family members did not perform the last rites and abandoned the body near huge rocks on the banks of river Mahanadi after covering it with neem leaves.
When the family members discovered that the body did not undergo putrefaction even after seven days of death, they believed that the girl was very much alive and sought the help of a Phulbani-based tantric.
Reports further said that the tantric had given some holy water to sprinkle on the body to make her alive. In addition to this, the person claiming to have supernatural powers has lit an akhanda deepam (non stop lighting of lamp) in a temple at Phulbani to infuse life in the dead.
On the other hand, the family members are performing puja, lighting incense sticks around the body hoping their beloved to wake from the dead.