Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Nabarangpur, Feb 23:
There seems to be no end to branding of infants with red hot iron in Odisha’s tribal dominated Nabarangpur district.
A 33-day old newborn from Pujariguda was admitted to the district headquarters hospital here today in a critical condition following complications after branding by the infant’s grandfather.
The grandfather allegedly branded the newborn with red hot iron to cure it of its ailment.
An eight-month-old baby boy of the district who was branded with red hot iron on last Friday night by his father to cure him of an ailment had succumbed to his injuries at the same district headquarters hospital here yesterday.
Notably, branding of six infants has come to notice in Nabarangpur district in the last three months out of which two have succumbed to their injuries, said sources.