16 January 2019
Keonjhar: In a heart-wrenching incident in Sadar block of the district, 56 children were branded with hot iron rod to cure ailments.
The incident took place at Baradapal panchayat, barely 18 kilometres away from Keonjhar town. The people of this region, believe more on local quack than medical treatment.
On Makar Sankranti, the villagers had 'Pitha' (pancakes) after which the children complained of stomach ache. The quack swung into action and branded the affected children with iron rods.