A horse died within an hour of biting a woman in a village in Madhya Pradesh, causing consternation among local residents who believe the animal may contracted an infection from the woman’s blood.
The incident occurred in Khamharpani village of Chhindwara district, 270 km south of Bhopal, on Tuesday when 30-year-old Chandra Maravi was working in her fields.
The horse, named Shanu, bit Chandra’s left hand when she tried to drive it out of her fields. She called her husband Bablu Maravi, who took her to a nearby hospital. She was discharged after getting primary treatment.
When Chandra and others who took her to the hospital returned to the village, they found the horse lying dead in the fields. The local residents claimed the horse might have contracted an infection from Chandra’s blood and this could have caused the animal’s death.
Vinod Malviya, the owner of horse, said he had planned to get an autopsy done on the horse but later changed his mind. “We all believe that the horse died due to an infection from the blood of the woman. And we don’t want to make the woman feel scared by telling her that the horse died because of infection from her blood,” Malviya told Hindustan Times over the phone.
Malviya said he was saddened by the loss of his horse but happy that Chandra escaped with minor injuries.