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Five infants branded with hot iron in Odisha's Nabarangpur district
In yet another shocking incident, five children aged between 60 days and 7 months were branded with a hot iron rod in Pujariguda village under Jharigaon block of Odisha's Nabarangpur district on Saturday.

The incident came into the notice of the village's anganwadi worker during a routine health check-up programme. The worker immediately informed supervisor Sandhaya Rani Mohankuda, and the children were admitted to the Umerkote hospital. All the children, who have been kept in the SNCU of the hospital, are recuperating, hospital sources said.

The children are suffering from Pneumonia, and were first taken to public health centers at Jharigam for treatment by their family members. As the ailment did not heal, family members took the children to the village Disari, Dhan Singh, who branded them at several places on their body, reports said.

Despite Nabarangpur district administration's awareness programmes and arrest of Disaris (local faith healer), there seems to be no end to the menace of branding infants with a hot iron for curing them of illnesses in this tribal dominated district of Odisha.

At least nine cases of branding of babies by traditional healers have emerged in district within three months of the awareness campaign 'Jyoti' against the practice.

Through this program, all Disaris in the district were identified with an aim to make them aware about the medical and legal implications of their superstitious practices.

Recently, Nabarangpur district collector was honoured by the State government for this innovative project.

However, the latest cases have sent out a clear cut message that more needs to be done to end the menace.

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