**Sundergarh:** In yet another case of superstition, a 6-year-old boy from Biramitrapur Block of tribal-dominated Sundargarh district in Odisha was branded with hot iron for around 22 times to cure him from a long-standing ailment.
Reportedly, the youngest son Habel Bag of Biramitrapur was suffering from sickle cell anemia since long. The child was subjected to the torture on the advice of a quack.
The incident has occurred at Simdega in Jharkhand where the child was staying with his maternal aunt after the death of his mother. After his condition worsened Habel admitted him at Rourkela Government Hospital (RGH) for treatment.