Branded with hot iron, 4-yr-old dies in hospital

Malkangiri: A four-year-old boy of Sukraguda village in Malkangiri district branded with hot iron by his grandfather to cure him of some ailment died while undergoing treatment at the district headquarters hospital here on Thursday.

Following the death of the child, family members took the body to their village without informing anyone. No police complaint was lodged regarding the death till the filing of this report.

Sources said the child was admitted into the hospital in a critical condition by the family members last night.

The grandfather of the deceased had branded the kid, who was suffering from fever and stomach ache for the past few days, with hot iron, the sources added.

The doctor, who was treating the kid, said the patient was brought to the hospital late which is why he could not be saved.