Keonjhar: In a tragic incident, a 25-day-old infant was branded with hot iron rod on July 29 at village Khabra under Harichandanpur block in the district where the barbaric practice and medieval belief still continues unabated.
The matter came to light after the helpless infant was admitted to a hospital as his condition became critical following branding.
This is the second such incident reported from the district within the last two days. On July 28, a 7-year-old child was branded with a hot iron rod and has been admitted to a hospital.
The Khabra incident is the 9th such incident which has been reported from the district in a span of 45 days.The illiterate and superstitious parents of the new born baby branded him with hot iron rod to cure stomach ailments.