Bargarh: A man was forced to leave his ailing father in the forest in fear of being ostracised from his community. Such an incident has occurred at Petupali village under Sohela block of Bargarh district.
Reportedly, Hari Bariha (60) of the village had been bitten by a dog on the evening of July 8 this year following which his only son Prashant Bariha (24) had rushed him to the district headquarters hospital.
Later, he was shifted to Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) at Burla in Sambalpur district for better treatment.
After 10 days of treatment at VIMSAR, Prashant brought his father back on the advice of doctors and used to take him to the nearest health center regularly for the dressing of his wound. In the meantime, the wound was infested with worms.
As the news spread, elders of his community threatened to ostracise him. As a result, Prashant built a small hut in the forest and left his father Hari in it, and even tied one of his legs so that he will not return to the village.
Prashant further borrowed around Rs 20,000 and organised a feast comprising of mutton, chicken, liquor, and other delicacies in order to please the elders and fellow community members.
After the incident came to light, some social workers rescued Hari and admitted him to the district headquarters hospital in Bargarh.