STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Grandparents Turn to Tree to Lift Baby’s 'Toad Curse'

In a bizarre incident, a month-old girl baby in Manakuppam village near here was passed through holes in a tree thrice as part of a ‘cure’ for the baby which was refusing milk.

Published: 29th April 2014 07:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th December 2014 10:52 AM   |  A+A-

Manakuppam-village

In a bizarre incident, a month-old girl baby in Manakuppam village near here was passed through holes in a tree thrice as part of a ‘cure’ for the baby which was refusing milk.

Sources said the baby was born in March to Arumugam (35) and Jayala (27) from a Dalit residential area. Due to complications in pregnancy, doctors and staff at Mundiyambakkam GH were not able to save Jayala.

The widower left the baby at his mother-in-law’s house and did not return. Since the day the baby was born, Perumal (70) and Chinnaponnu (61), parents of Jayala, have been taking care of her. They named her Jayalalitha. A week back, they spotted a toad that had fallen on the baby. Soon after the incident, sources said that Jayalalitha stopped taking milk and became weak.

Believing that the baby had been cursed by a toad, the aged couple discussed with priests and locals, and decided to pass the baby through the hollow of a tree. On Saturday evening, Perumal and his wife took the baby to a tamarind tree with a hollow and passed the child between the gap thrice.

Later, they performed poojas to the tree and returned home.

Speaking to Express, Chinnaponnu said they were farm labourers and that they couldn’t afford to treat the baby at a private hospital. After the ritual, the baby would be cured at the earliest, she said.

Speaking to the Express, Dr B Mary Punith, an   expert in maternal issues and a surgeon, said the most probable reason was the absence of mother’s milk and feeding the newborn cow’s milk or milk powder could have been allergic to the baby’s digestive system. She said there was treatment available for the same and rubbished the belief of the curse.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp